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[ B E H I N D T H E C OV E R ] Our May cover shoot felt more like an afternoon spent shopping with the girls than a typical workday. We shot the female power duo of Meg Harrington and Ann Huff (major players on the local art scene and owners of Huff Harrington Home and Huff Harrington Fine Art) at their elegant home store on West Paces Ferry. Teeming with magnificent French antiques, stylish home wares and striking art pieces, the shop was the ideal backdrop for our “Arts & Antiques” cover photo (and a tough place to hang out in without spending some money). The dynamic duo were the perfect subjects. Styled by Michelle Lynch, Meg and Ann wore clothing and accessories from their own shop as Producers: Giannina Smith Bedford well as Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s and and Sara Hanna posed like the eminent pros they are. Photographer: Sara Hanna When the camera stopped flashing, we Stylist: Michelle Lynch managed to escape the scene without a Hair/Makeup: Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency hard hit to the wallet. But boy will we be Wardrobe: Ann Huff: Clothing and back, not only to pick up some gorgeous jewelry, Huff Harrington Home; shoes, Macy’s Lenox Square home décor, but also to visit the two owners, who were a lovely and enthusias- Meg Harrington: Clothing, Bloomingdales; jewelry, Huff Harrington Home; tic pair to work with—or should we say— shoes, Macy’s Lenox Square Shot at Huff Harrington Home spend an afternoon shopping with.

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I’m usually looking for the perfect piece to fill the empty wall in my stairwell or fit in the corner of my living room. But no matter how much something draws me in, I always want to know the story behind it. Where did it come from? Who made it? Needless to say, mega-retailers don’t specialize in selling furnishings or original art with a colorful history. For that, you have to explore more underthe-radar galleries and antique shops. At these often independently owned destinations, furniture comes with a storied past and paintings make a statement through intricate brushstrokes precisely placed by skilled artists. Luckily, Buckhead is home to many purveyors of these items, pieces that not only liven up an empty wall, but also bring a presence into your home from years of existence and hours upon hours of skilled artistry. In this issue, we pay homage to the stewards who safeguard art and antiques for our enjoyment, and the enjoyment of future generations. Read on as writer H.M. Cauley shares the stories of the dealers that have been in Buckhead for decades. The Lagerquist Gallery, for example, which is the city’s oldest continually owned and operated fine art gallery, has sold works to multiple generations of the same families. We also highlight shops that proudly specialize in a particular kind of work (head to Huff Harrington Fine Art for French-inspired works and Jackson Fine Art for photographs). And then there are those out-of-the-norm organizations that support non-mainstream artists and use art to raise money for charitable causes. We also shine a light on our community’s art and antique districts and the Picassos who are its rising stars. Now that I’ve read about the incredibly vibrant local art and antique scene right outside my door, I’m embarrassed to admit how much time and energy I’ve spent filling my home with meaningless stuff. Next time I’m on the prowl for a decorative home addition, I’m going to save my pennies and invest in a truly meaningful purchase, one that I can pass down and make part of my own family history. As for those catalogs, I’ll let my daughter cut them up to make her own masterpiece.

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Above: Seven Lamps sports an open kitchen and dining room where demonstrations are easy to view.

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hef Drew Van Leuvan’s 8-year-old daughter, Kayden, first donned a chef’s toque before she could reach the countertop, and now she’s taking over the Seven Lamps kitchen with a crew of cooking kids. With a series of culinary classes, Van Leuvan and stand-in sous chef Kayden will teach the basics of cooking and baking. They have April classes on pizza and baking under their belts, and the two will take to the kitchen once more on Sunday, May 17, to teach spaghetti and meatballs. During the one-hour class, children will form, roll and shape pasta from scratch, learn a simple tomato sauce,

and form and cook meatballs, which is Kayden’s favorite recipe to whip up with her dad. Classes begin at 3 p.m. and the cost is $85, which includes all ingredients, along with a chef’s toque, apron or cooking utensil to take home. Van Leuvan and his daughter first taught a cooking class together at her preschool, where they baked and decorated cupcakes. “The kids get a kick out of having their own little chef hats and getting messy. They have fun with it,” Van Leuvan says. When he and Kayden are in their own kitchen, they love to make fried chicken, meatballs, French fries and chicken

fingers. Kayden also chose the recipes for this class. Keeping the recipes simple makes it easy for kids to participate, and, as evidenced by Fox’s MasterChef Junior, bringing kids into the kitchen instills a sense of leadership and pride. Van Leuvan says he’s most excited to see the kids interact with the food and make something wonderful. Parents are encouraged to stay and observe the class, as well. “It’s a lot of fun to watch them say, ‘Mommy and Daddy, I made that!’” he says. “I enjoy watching my daughter do her thing in the kitchen, and I know they will too.” – Jamie Hausman

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Steven Seinberg’s work I Can Remember.

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Elena Zolotnitsky’s painting Untitled Face.

AN OPENING FOR STEVEN SEINBERG AND ELENA ZOLOTNITSKY ordinary people to figurative abstractions. One of Atlanta’s longest tenured galleries at 25 years old, Pryor Fine Art currently showcases more than 60 local and national artists. This month’s opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through June 9. – Alexa Lampasona

to showcase his work at the gallery. His serene, abstract oil and graphite paintings feature neutral, muted shades of gray and brown that seem to drip from the canvases. Zolotnitsky, who lives in Moscow, provides contrast with her rich hues and textures. Her raw personal portraits elevate


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Pryor Fine Art’s latest exhibit plays on the dynamic elements of its two artists: the abstract nature of Steven Seinberg’s pieces displayed alongside the representational nature of Elena Zolotnitsky’s work. Seinberg received his MFA at Georgia State University in 2001 and frequently returns


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play games and engage in story time. Parents and their kids also can take a complimentary guided tour. With your Magic Mondays ticket, you may visit one of the Atlanta History Center’s exhibitions, one of the historic houses or the Goizueta Gardens. Magic Mondays are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members are free; nonmembers pay $6.50 per adult and $5.50 per child. – Alexa Lampasona

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Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague founded “Hoops 4 Hughes” to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Hospital.

A Hawk for Hughes 2015 NBA All-Star shines off and on the court Buckhead resident Jeff Teague, ranked as one of the top 10 players in the NBA in assists, is using his ability on the court to help kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Hospital in downtown Atlanta. For each assist (passing the ball to a teammate that leads to a score) during the season, he donates $20 to “Hoops 4 Hughes.” Last year, his 563 assists generated $11,260 through the Team Teague Foundation. “Going to the hospital and seeing the kids made me want to do something to help them and be part of the City of Atlanta,” Teague says. “I always want to help kids change their lives.” He hopes to inspire sponsors and teammates to pledge $2 to Hughes for every assist he makes.

Teague’s foundation also sponsors an Amateur Athletic Union program for youth in his hometown of Indianapolis, as well as scholarships. On Aug. 15, Teague will host a dinner sponsored by 92.9 The Game to honor all those who have contributed to the foundation. Among the guests will be current and former NBA stars. “We are thrilled to be the recipient of Teague’s support and hope the community will rally around him to assist our patients at Hughes Spalding,” says Shelton Stevens, senior development officer and director of the Children’s Sports Network. l For more information, visit

The “Pied Piper of Brookhaven,” Collette McDonald, leads The Fit Club members in daily walks and runs.

Rain, snow or shine… Neighbors and fellow boot campers exercise together Brookhaven resident and fitness enthusiast Collette McDonald’s “aha” moment came when her neighbor, Delores McDaniel, lost her husband in a tragic accident. When McDaniel confessed she wanted to get into shape to keep up with her 7-year old twins, but couldn’t join a gym, McDonald offered to help. “I realized how much regular exercise helped Delores and me, so I started a free boot camp in my neighborhood,” says McDonald, a Realtor with RE/MAX. “I named it The Fit Club.” Others quickly joined in and today, 25 neighbors participate regularly with a total of 300 over the last eight years. “I lost 40 pounds in four months and 10 each year after that,” says McDaniel. Thanks to

Collette, exercising daily is a lifestyle for me.” The Fit Club meets at McDonald’s mailbox four mornings a week at 5:30 a.m. and runs at least two miles until they disperse at 6:15 a.m. Only lightning and temperatures below 20 degrees stop them. “We not only encourage one another to attend, but help out in times of need,” McDonald says. “I’m thrilled when people tell me I’ve given them the courage to run a half-marathon or inspired their kids to become more active. I love giving back to the community that has given so much to me.” l New participants must be invited or sponsored by current members.

Red Door Tavern gives back June 13 golf tournament benefits military and melanoma research Giving back is an integral part of Buckhead restaurateur Steve Shamatta’s business plan. The owner of Red Door Tavern, Whitehall Tavern and the Pennywise Room began supporting the troops when his younger brother, Captain Peter Shamatta, was on training deployment in Afghanistan and Dubai. (He returned to the U.S. in August of 2014.) “I raised funds to send care packages during Steve’s three deployments,” he says. “The guys asked for calendars of girls wearing bikinis, so a photographer friend took photos and customers donated enough

money for 100 calendars.” The Sixth Annual Red Door Tavern Golf Tournament and Lunch will be held Saturday, June 13, at Eagle’s Brooke Golf and Country Club in Locust Grove. Sponsored by Public Risk Underwriters, CEVA Logistics and Shamatta’s establishments, proceeds benefit Operation One Voice and the James Esker Foundation for Melanoma Research. Last year’s tournament raised $15,000.  “We chose Operation One Voice that supports families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces because we wanted to make

a direct impact on vets in the Atlanta area,” Shamatta says. Based in Duluth, it provides emergency support to vets and their families. The James Esker Foundation, named in honor of Shamatta’s 34-year-old friend who died in 2009 as a result of the deadly skin cancer, helps raise awareness and money for the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF).

Steve Shamatta (right), owner of Red Door Tavern, raises funds to aid vets and melanoma research. His friend, James Esker (left) passed away as a result of the deadly skin cancer.

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Above: Waynesville, the seat of Haywood County, has a quaint downtown district of shops, restaurants and art galleries. Left: The rolling hills of the Smoky Mountains provide the backdrop for a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding and kicking back to breathe in the fragrant air. Below: It’s worth the ride up the switchback road to discover the Swag, a rustic retreat noted for its fine food and luxury accommodations.

Head for the (North Carolina) hills Haywood County’s mountain setting takes city dwellers back to nature


tlanta may not have miles of sandy beaches fanned by ocean breezes nearby, but it does have a convenient cool alternative: the shady chill of the North Carolina mountains. The western part of the state, about two hours from Buckhead, is home to a range of destinations that mix recreation, history and charm with an escape from summer’s city sizzle. Haywood County, on the edges of the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky mountains, is a central location for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking and biking trails snake below the thick tree canopy, leading explorers to hidden glades and waterfalls. Some paths lead into the clouds: Waterrock Knob, the 16th highest peak in the eastern U.S., boasts an elevation of 6,292 feet. For those who prefer to take in the views from the comfort of the car, scenic routes, as well as parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway, crisscross the county. Waynesville, the county seat, is a quaint town with roots that go back to the early 1800s. The downtown district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is dotted with renovated old homes. Stroll along the brick sidewalks and window-shop into wellkept storefronts, or drop by City Bakery Cafe,


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known for its made-on-site challah bread and oversized sandwiches. The Classic Wine Seller invites shoppers and diners to linger on Friday or Saturday nights for live music on the outdoor patio. From May through December, the first Friday of the month is dedicated to “Art after Dark,” when local galleries host artists in action, receptions and music until 9 p.m. This month, Waynesville hosts three festivals. On May 2 and 3, crafts, music and food are part of the Ramp Festival, celebrating the locally grown wild onions. May 16 is an evening of “Quick Draw,” when local artists paint to beat the clock to raise money for art students. Downtown turns into a giant block party on May 23 with food, music, art and crafts. Other activities promote the downtown district throughout the year. Not far from downtown, the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa offers 27 holes of 4-star golf, restaurants, spa facilities and rooms in the original lodge, dating back to the 1920s. About 12 miles outside of town is one of the area’s premier destinations, The Swag. This rustically upscale, all-inclusive retreat is renowned for its stunning setting in the clouds—5,000 feet up, overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Getting there is not for the faint-hearted: The switchback road that leads to the main lodge makes for a slow and sometimes disorienting ride (especially on an empty stomach). But reaching the summit is well worth the effort. The 250 acres of meticulously tended grounds are sprinkled with stone and wood cabins with fireplaces and hot tubs on the porches. The main lodge also has accommodations, as well as the family-style dining room where guests gather around communal tables to savor chef-prepared dishes. Barbecues and picnics are also held on the porches and patios. Haywood is also IF YOU GO: home to the Cataloochee Ski Area, where snow The Swag lovers flock during the 800.789.7672 winter for the three lifts and 17 trails. But now Waynesville Inn Golf in spring, the county Resort and Spa turns into a wonderland 800.627.6250 of green mountains and valleys where visitors can Information about rediscover nature without Haywood County working up too much of a attractions is online at sweat, even without those balmy beach breezes. n

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Above: The Ritz-Carlton Berlin offers a worldexclusive tea served by trained “Tea Masters.” Right: Fragrances is a bar for all of your senses. Below: Potsdamer Platz is the intersection between old and new Berlin.

Above: The staff at Blancaneaux Lodge will customize any experience for you, including a romantic dinner for two (they do some fancy decorating with flowers) under the stars overlooking Privassion Creek. Right: The Honeymoon Cabaña at Blancaneaux Lodge is covered in beautiful local textiles (tip: bring home some pillow covers from their gift shop as gifts).

You better Belize it The nascent tourism industry in this Central American country presents adventures around every corner


oincidentally, my first two visits to Belize were two weeks apart. The first time solo for work; the second for vacation with my hubby. Both times, I was completely giddy upon arrival after the threehour direct flight from Atlanta. It may have had something to do with the in-air mimosas, but it also most certainly had everything to do with the adventures that were in store. With tourism just starting to pick up steam here, the experiences—from driving on unpaved roads to scaling steep Mayan ruins without safety barriers—are still authentically raw. Although development is said to be in the works to open a second international airport in Placencia, currently all international flights land in Belize City. From here, you’ll want to carry on to your final destinations via domestic flight, rental car or water taxi (read: Skip the “big” city). All domestics are approximately 12-seater propeller planes, where there are no seat assignments and the first passenger on board gets to sit next to the pilot in the cockpit—really. I had enjoyed the scenery from these low-flying aircrafts on my first trip, so we opted to go the rental car route to explore the inland nooks and crannies for the next six days. Our final destination on this day was Blancaneaux Lodge on the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve in the Cayo district. But first, some adventure: a stop at the inland Blue Hole National Park and St. Herman’s Cave, one of a plethora of underground caves that


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run for miles throughout the country. Our private tour guide from Belize Inland Tours led us through a jungle hike (during which my husband ate a termite—on purpose; he says it tasted like wood, by the way) and into the depths of a pitch-black cave. Here, we donned headlamps and floated single file on inner tubes on few-feet-deep water, and prayed that both the bats and ancient Mayan spirits would leave us to enjoy the stunning stalactites and stalagmites (rock formations that grow down from the ceiling or up from the bottom of a cave, produced by the precipitation of minerals from dripping water). Wet, muddy and sweaty (and alive), we were rewarded with a simple, scrumptious Belizean lunch of rice and beans, stewed curry chicken and green salad upon return to the hut where we had started. It is also where we were introduced (and became addicted) to locally made Marie Sharp’s hot sauce— proceed with caution; this stuff is spicy! The drive to the 78-acre Blancaneaux, which was film director Francis Ford Coppola’s private family retreat before he opened it to the public in the 1990s, included about an hour of bouncing on dirt roads with potholes the size of ravines (an SUV with four-wheel drive is a must here). The Honeymoon Cabaña, one of 20 thatched “houses” of varying sizes and configurations on the lush and well-manicured property, embraced us with its rustic-chic vibe, complete with a four-poster, mosquito-netted bed, bright lo-


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cal textiles and carved-wood furnishings. We fell head over heels for the scene and sound: this cabaña sits right on Privassion Creek and rushing water lulled us to sleep each night … at about 9 p.m. That’s what happens after days of activities, such as hiking the massive structures at Belize’s largest Mayan site, Caracol, deep in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve; topnotch cuisine (both restaurants—Montagna for Italian, Guatemaltecqua for Guatemalan fare—utilize organic herbs and veggies from the resort’s own extensive garden) and the best piña coladas on the planet (made with fresh coconut and coconut water); Thai massages at the tiny open-air spa; and not having a television. The constellations, which we attempted to study via a provided telescope, were the only entertainment. Cue Snoozefest 2015. The rejuvenating kind. Ready for some sun, sand and sailing, after three days we departed for Placencia. The three-hour scenic drive provided a landscape that varied from sparse pine forest to small and ramshackle third-world towns to dense jungle to miles of citrus groves to crystalblue ocean and seaweed-strung beaches. Wow! (Tip: When driving, watch out for what the locals call “sleeping policemen”— speed bumps galore, some unmarked.) Placencia sits at the end of a narrow, 26mile sandy peninsula, with one side a beach and the other side a lagoon and boat slips. We chose to stay at Chabil Mar Villas, 20 individually designed condos on the beach,

Award-Winning Cuisine. Memorable Dining. Above: Situated deep in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the most extensive Mayan site in Belize and was only re-discovered in 1936. Blancaneaux Lodge can arrange a day trip with one of their knowledgable guides.


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C HO PS LO B STER B AR Above: After a jungle hike, the final descent down a rocky staircase into St. Herman’s Cave for some tubing (and bats).

Above: Catching my breath after climbing a massive pyramid, one of 30,000 Mayan structures at Caracol.

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BOC A RATO N with amenities like two pools and a private pier with lounge area. Its proximity (only a 10-minute beach walk or 3-minute drive) from Placencia Village made it a cinch to explore this beach town’s little tourist shops, eateries (don’t miss Ms. Brenda’s roadside jerk chicken or Rumfish y Vino’s Caribbean Fish Stew—I had it two nights in a row!) and to soak in the vibe. There is one big must-do when in Placencia: Charter a boat and head out for a day on the sea. Explore the gorgeous little isles, such as Laughing Bird Caye, which are scattered all around and snorkel or scuba dive whenever possible to swim with whale sharks (don’t worry, they don’t bite), manta rays, sea turtles, parrot fish and more. Though we were fully rested and ready to re-enter the “real world” with quality Internet service by our last day, we weren’t quite willing to say a final adieu to this Central American gem. For about five minutes, we seriously contemplated a beachfront property investment. Instead, we bought a lot of Marie Sharp’s hot sauce. And now I feel the warmth of Belize every time I pile it onto my eggs. n

Above: The dock at Chabil Mar Villas, which is conveniently set up with lounge chairs, is a great spot for lunching, too.

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Above: Guests can play 90 challenging holes of golf, right on property.

Above: The gun-toting author tried her hand at shooting clay targets. Right: Kayaking along the Chavon River offers a chance to break a sweat and see wildlife up close. 

WAY TO GO, SPORT! The sporting life comes alive in the Dominican Republic


hen you think of a Caribbean getaway, it’s likely that visions of crystal blue water and sugary beaches dance through your mind. Let me be clear: A visit to Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is not that kind of trip to the tropics. It’s beautiful and lush, yes, but the kind of relaxation on offer here comes in the form of nearly any outdoor physical activity you can imagine. As one of the Caribbean’s largest resorts—clocking in at a staggering 7,000 acres—every element is designed to help you embrace the sporting life. Sailing? Deep-sea fishing? Polo lessons? Check, check and check. I woke early my first morning to explore on my own, an easy pursuit, since each guest room comes with its own golf cart. I drove on palm- and bougainvillea-lined streets to get the lay of the land, buzzing past the property’s private helipad, a marina with high-dollar boats, a corral of polo ponies, and hole after hole of verdant golf greens. After dipping my toes in the Caribbean Sea, it was time to start my own sporty activities. A short drive off of the main property (in a “real” car this time), I met the lead ranchero, Raphael, at Rancho Peligro, the resort’s working cattle ranch. He introduced me


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Above: Equestrian offerings range from Western-style riding to proper English polo.

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to my trusty horse for the day, Cafecito (or “Little Coffee,” named for his mocha-colored coat). We rode through a portion of 10,000 sprawling acres of rolling hills, among mud-covered buffalo relaxing in cool water puddles. As it happened, galloping down dusty paths with the thunder of hooves echoing all around was one of the most freeing experiences in recent memory. The next day, I chose an upper-body workout of sorts: kayaking on the Chavon River. Its calm waters flow directly into the Caribbean and offered an opportunity to see wildlife like freshwater turtles, fish hawks and pelicans up close. This particular stretch of river on the country’s southeastern coast may look familiar to movie buffs: It was the backdrop for scenes from both Jurassic Park and Apocalypse Now. A huge draw for the resort is the first-rate shooting center, where guests can learn the finer points of sport shooting from expert marksmen on staff. While I only shot clays launched from the ground, the center features one of the tallest sporting towers in the world, a whopping 110 feet tall with three levels. It was exhilarating to call “Pull!” and follow the clay with the barrel of my 22-gauge shotgun, squeeze the trigger and

watch as the clay exploded into a thousand tiny pieces. Talk about instant stress relief. Of course, I couldn’t be in the Caribbean without taking in some sun and sand. After a breezy catamaran ride, I came upon Catalina Island, the resort’s 6-acre private retreat in the middle of azure water. There was little to do but snorkel, float in the gently lapping waves and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. It was the kind of afternoon you wish could last forever. Beyond all of this, there are tennis lessons, world-class golf on 90 holes (including the revered “Teeth of the Dog” holes, which teeter on cliffs overlooking the Chavon, designed by golf legend Pete Dye) and deep-sea fishing, all within the borders of Casa de Campo. It’s not just vacationers: The mammoth resort draws its fair share of star power. It’s been the backdrop for a recent season of The Bachelorette and rapper Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” music video, CASA DE CAMPO and vacations for the Kardashians, Higuey, La Romana, Beyoncé and Jay Dominican Republic Z. After four blissful 809.523.3333 days here, I can see the draw. n



Above: Plum Café’s “pick two” salads: beet and carrot quinoa and the original pear and arugula.

Thirty minutes from Buckhead, yet days of exploring



Left: The Chattahoochee Nature Center’s bald eagle feedings are available for the public to watch.

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ention a trip to Roswell on a weekday, and many “ITP” Atlantans will scoff, not willing to sacrifice the time or mileage. I challenge you to use the distance to your advantage and visit Roswell for a relaxing weekend retreat. On a Friday afternoon, the drive gives me time to unwind and separate from work and city life. As I pull onto Canton Street, the main artery for Roswell’s shops and restaurants, patio season is in full swing, and al fresco dining is abundant at the 15-plus restaurants on the quaint thoroughfare. Diners chat over neighboring soundtracks as they sip on cocktails and nosh on starters. My weekend starts at Table & Main, where the bar is known for bourbon, so I start with the Virgil Kane, a ginger-infused bourbon cocktail. The Southernfare menu touches on the fresh flavors of spring. I opt for the special, a black drum fish with herbed gnocchi, beets and English pea purée. I spoon into a cast-iron apple cobbler for dessert. Just as the sun sets, I’m off to experience the Roswell Ghost Tour. I’m lucky (or maybe unlucky) to take the tour on Friday the 13th. Joe Avena, co-owner of the company, leads our group on an eerie walk into fading


Above: A stroll down Roswell’s Canton Street offers locally owned shops, restaurants and art galleries.

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darkness. The two-and-a-half-hour tour just skims the surface of the ties between Roswell’s Civil War history and the paranormal activity related to it. Avena, a trained paranormal expert, takes us to Bulloch Hall, Mimosa Hall, Founders’ Cemetery and down the dark streets of Historic Roswell, sharing accounts of his and the residents’ personal encounters with ghosts. I end the night at DoubleTree by Hilton, which is less than 10 minutes from downtown Roswell. As I snuggle into the plush white linens of a king suite, I forget my earlier jaunt with the city’s ghost legends and fall into a comfortable slumber. In the morning, I revisit Canton Street, where I leapfrog between the seven galleries in the Roswell Art District, taking my art lesson in bite-sized pieces. Each has its own specialty. Peter Brandi Gallery features collections of original oil paintings from international artists and some by Brandi himself. Ann Jackson Gallery is a rare gem: one of only 30 galleries in the world licensed to sell the art of Dr. Seuss. At lunchtime, I take-out two halfsalads—beet and carrot quinoa and the original pear and arugula with Norwegian salmon—from Plum Café and

dine at one of the picnic tables outside the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Post-lunch, I tour the nature center and follow a crowd of people to the aviaries for the eagle feeding. The crowd waits in eager anticipation for the eagles to swoop down on the rubyred venison, but it isn’t until 15 minutes later, when the crowd is much thinner, that the female lazily glides down to feast on her meat. Satisfied that I saw what I came for, I follow the wooded nature trails around the grounds. My last stop in Roswell is a littleknown secret. Local resident and chef John Wilson hosts a monthly supper club in his basement. It’s always BYOB, and the three-course menu is posted online. Chef John’s basement reminds me of a Tuscan dining room, dimly lit by candles, with Italian pottery arranged on the shelves. Chef and his two assistants pace the meal “slow and steady”: a spinach and strawberry salad to start, braised lamb shank with roasted cauliflower and wild rice for the main, and a flourless chocolate torte for dessert. The supper club is the perfect wind-down to my weekend escape in Roswell, and as I drive back toward the city, I remind myself this vacation is only 30 minutes away. n

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UPLIFTING FRAGRANCE Fresh spring scents will keep you smelling delicious STORY:

Jennifer Bradley Franklin   PHOTO: Sara Hanna

Buckhead is in full bloom and this spring we set out to find fragrances that are in keeping with the carefree season of reawakening. Here, some under-the-radar finds from local retailers that will have you smelling fresh.

1. Ona: Malin + Goetz Citron Vert ($150.95, 100 milliliters) We can’t get enough of this bright fragrance, made by the New York-based apothecary brand. Spray it and first you’ll notice citrusy lime, grapefruit and bergamot (recognizable from its prominent place in Earl Grey tea). Herbal basil, floral jasmine, fruity rhubarb and petitgrain (another citrus fruit) make up the middle notes. Finally, you’ll smell lingering orris (a root, which evokes freshly laundered linen), amber and cedar. It’s intoxicating, in the very best way, and perfectly appropriate for both men and women. 3400 Around Lenox Road N.E. Suite 206A Atlanta 30326 404.812.0002


customize something just for us, and the result is as if she bottled spring. The fresh unisex scent leads with citrus (tangerine, lemon, lime) and progresses to heart notes of herbs and ginger. Finally, the base of spicy sandalwood and woodland moss lingers on throughout the day. Tip: If you find something you like, Sexton can extrapolate it into lotion, body wash and powder. 2971 North Fulton Drive Atlanta 30305 404.202.5503

3. Bluemercury: Creed Green Irish Tweed ($350, 120 milliliters) For a stately men’s fragrance with yearround appeal, this luxury cologne is a great choice. Creed, a British brand since 1760, packages their signature woodsy scent in a stately black flask. The sandalwood base notes are balanced by subtle violet, verbena and iris. While there are florals here, the result is verdant, spicy and wholly masculine. 37 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.467.9100

2. Blend Custom Parfum:

4. Woo Skincare + Cosmetics:

Printemps ($125, 50 milliliters)

Kai ($76, 1.7 ounces)

Part of the fun of visiting Blend’s master artist, Susan Sexton, is that you get to create your own fragrance. However, we asked her to

For a truly transporting experience, spritz on this lush, ladylike scent. It’s bloomforward with sultry gardenia and exotic

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white flowers, the botanicals lingering all day long. It’s how we imagine Hawaii might smell—fitting, because the brand’s founder spent summers there. For those looking for an au natural fragrance, Kai will appeal, as it’s paraben, sulfate, phthalate and phosphate free. Two locations: 2339-A Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.477.5000 3509 Northside Parkway N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.869.0300

5. Julian’s Cosmetics + Skincare: Tiramani by Shelley Kyle ($68, 2 ounces) This Brookhaven emporium of skincare (products and terrific facials) and cosmetics is one of the few we found carrying locally produced perfume. The Shelley Kyle line is blended right in Atlanta and each batch is poured as soon as an order is placed. This slightly sweet and heavily floral blend of blood orange, lily, white nectarine, cashmere musk and night blooming jasmine is ultra-feminine. 705 Town Boulevard Atlanta 30319 470.355.3291

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Ruff day at work

Above: John Haber, the CEO of SME, passes out pats to his pups Bella, a Labrador, and Sadie, a mixed-breed rescue. Left: Meet Peter Frampton (the Labradoodle, not the rock star), and his mom Molly Darby of Bert’s Big Adventure. Below: Beth Irwin cuddles up with the unofficial office mascot, Annie. The president of Brown Bag Marketing, Doug Brown recently rescued Annie, and everyone in the office loves her!

A pets-at-work policy can lead to happier and more productive employees STORY:

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andshakes and meetings are what you expect to see in offices. Dogs, however, are not. More and more companies want to give their hardworking employees additional things to make them happy, and pups in the workplace are becoming more common. The top dogs acknowledge this perk alleviates employee stress about leaving pets at home and creates a happier environment. Read on for a few Buckhead companies who have an open-dog policy.

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Employees at SME treat their pets like family, so why not bring them to the office? “Dogs return the love and support back to us, so having our dogs in the office creates a therapeutic environment for employees,” notes John Haber, founder and CEO of SME. And the office isn’t the only place they like to spend time with animals. SME is partnered with Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption; they sponsor fundraising events and volunteer their time.

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On any given day, six dogs roam Repair Dog’s office. Repair Dog understands the toll leaving your pets at home takes on owners and they know alleviating this puts employees at their best. “Happy employees are more productive,” says Vincent Pirro, partner at Repair Dog.

Repair Dog has incorporated it’s love of dogs into the office décor with a heartwarming “Wall of Pups.”


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Bert’s Big Adventure Nonprofit organization that puts on an annual trip to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses, and their families

“We used to do our work at my kitchen table!” Molly Darby, executive director of BBA, tells us. As the organization grew, they knew they needed more space. When they moved to the office, so did their dogs. “I believe that the bonds between people and their pets have the power to ease stress,” Darby says. This is clearly a belief her goldendoodle shares with her, as he cries in the car if she doesn’t hold his paw.

Brown Bag Marketing Full-service marketing firm

Despite a bagel-snatching Labrador, employees and clients love having the dogs around the Brown Bag Marketing office to lighten the mood and make everyone feel relaxed. Sara DiMauro, human resources manager of Brown Bag Marketing, explains, “Pets help keep things in perspective and it’s good to be reminded that there are very few things that can’t be made better with a treat or a nap.” We couldn’t agree more. n

TOP 5 PERKS OF PETS AT WORK We asked an expert who knows about being happy at work. Catherine Egenes, LMFT psychotherapist at Brookhaven’s Living Fully Psychotherapy & Consulting, left her public relations career to follow her heart and become a therapist. Now, she helps individuals, couples and families through a variety of struggles. 1. Positive Hormonal Changes Research shows petting your pet can release hormones that help counteract high stress levels and depression. 2. Exercise Taking your pet for a walk gives you a source of physical exercise. It also gives you short breaks to help reduce stress and increase productivity. 3. Bonding & Socialization Pets are often the center of conversation, bringing people together. Having a pet in the office can create social interactions between employees and clients. 4. Comfort Dogs often understand when humans are sick or having a bad day and are there by your side offering the comfort of a warm paw and a wet nose. 5. Self-Care Being responsible for a pet can help you look after yourself as well. It encourages maintaining a healthy schedule, taking regular breaks and leaving work at a decent hour.




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George Cooke and Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke’s master bedroom nook features a custom bench by Cyrus Cooley and two pieces by Bonnie, drawn with Chinese graphite: Dame I and Dame II.

Photo: Sara Hanna Photography “It was everything you would expect in an untouched 1950s ranch house, but the balance and symmetry were right.” - George Cooke

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FOR THE LOVE OF ART Above: Farm-inspired adornments mix with some of the Cookes’ favorite art pieces, including a large Todd Murphy behind the antique sofa, a work Bonnie and George purchased from the artist’s personal collection right after college. The living room is also home to a shagreen coffee table from Huff Harrington Home and a floor lamp created from a sculpture.

A creative artist-builder couple transforms a red brick ranch into a neoclassical gem STORY:


Above: Artist Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke and homebuilder George Cooke enjoy the challenge of renovating a home, and have plans to tackle a new project in the near future.


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Giannina Smith Bedford   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

eorge Cooke and Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke are the perfect pair. Not just in their 23-year marriage, but in the art of creating a home. Born and raised in Buckhead, Bonnie is a well-known Atlanta artist represented locally by Huff Harrington Fine Art and Huff Harrington Home as well as galleries throughout the South and West. George is a general contractor and developer with White Oak Fine Homes. Together they’ve renovated two homes in Buckhead. The second (and current home of 17 years) is where they raised their two teenage boys, Tristan and Kyle. When they purchased it, however, it barely resembled its current state. “It didn’t catch my eye at all. I cried,” Bonnie says of George’s decision to buy the untouched 1950s-era ranch in 1997. “ He saw the bones, but it was a mess.” George admits the home with avocadogreen appliances and shag carpet wasn’t the ideal abode, but it had the right architectural symmetry for a renovation and was in the right location—a family-friendly Buck-

head neighborhood in the Morris Brandon school district. “It was everything you would expect in an untouched 1950s ranch house,” he says. “But the balance and symmetry were right. It was a good starting point.” Combining their artistic creativity, building skill and a desire to create not only a spacious home for their kids, but also one that could appropriately display their prized pieces of art, the Cookes transformed the three-bedroom, one-story red brick ranch into a four-bedroom, two-story dream home. They didn’t do it all in one fell swoop, however. The neoclassical-style residence with a slate roof and party-worthy patio was accomplished after three different renovations. Phase one took place before they moved in and included adding a second story with two bedrooms, a laundry room and bathroom. The couple purposefully designed room sizes and wall spaces to accommodate their growing collection by Georgia artists, many of whom are former classmates of Bonnie’s from the Atlanta

Right: A former carport, the family room is furnished in pieces selected by designer Andrea Henzlik and decorated with an array of works from Georgia artists, including the couple’s face jug collection and some colorful ceramic pieces made by the Cooke boys when they were children. Below: In the corner of the family room, above a church pew from Scott Antique Markets, is a painting by Bonnie depicting one of her favorite animal subjects: horses.

“We really had fun on that second [renovation]. We knew we were going to stay and we wanted to make it more for entertaining.” - Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke

Above: Bonnie’s Peacemaker painting stands watch over the dining room above small figurines of a unicorn and water buffalo that she purchased on a recent trip to Cuba. In the corner, a burlap-clad mannequin that continues to acquire accessories wears wings from one of Bonnie’s previous Halloween costumes. Below: Custom orange leather chairs and Bonnie’s painting, Elegance, create an inviting sitting space in the formal living room.


College of Art (now SCAD Atlanta). They expanded the kitchen and gave it a facelift with new appliances and budget-friendly cabinets. The Cookes also merged the original first-floor master bedroom with one of the guest rooms to create a master suite. All this took place while Bonnie was “really pregnant” with their second son. In fact, she moved from the hospital after giving birth into the just-finished residence. About five or six years later, when the boys were a little older, the Cookes were itching for another redo. They dove right in, adding a slate roof and, this time, gutting the kitchen. Maple-stained cabinets, a cooktop island and builder-grade appliances moved out so new white cabinetry, shimmering, black-speckled white African granite and professional-grade Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances could move in. A more entertaining-friendly sitting area was also built to replace a breakfast nook. “We really had fun on that second one.

We knew we were going to stay and we wanted to make it more for entertaining,” Bonnie says. But the itch to renovate returned again in 2008. This time, Bonnie and George expanded the footprint of the home by converting the back-of-the-house carport into a family room. They also built an art studio—of reclaimed antique timbers, discarded construction materials and cypress paneling—for Bonnie in the backyard. What was once a sea of concrete behind the house became a porch and a bluestone dining/ sitting area complete with a fireplace and a bubbling pond. Eventually, George also built a “designer” chicken coop to match Bonnie’s studio, which is home to the couple’s two chickens, Ginger and Mary-Anne. Step into the now 4,000-square-foot home and all three renovations blend seamlessly together. Although the Cookes can’t attribute their interior design to any one designer, they worked mostly with Andrea Henzlik of Andrea Henzlik Design and Karen Ferguson of Harrison Design to achieve the final product. In the second and third phase renovations, they also had the architectural input of Rick Hatch from Harrison Design. The intimate formal living room invites guests to sit in two custom orange leather chairs or on the late-1800s Sheraton sofa that once belonged to Bonnie’s grandmother—that is, if the Cookes’ three pooches, Peanut, Sugar and Barbi, haven’t already taken up residence on it. Everywhere you

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Below: Renovated twice, the professionally equipped kitchen features timber beams, a reclaimed board ceiling and pops of red from the stovetop kettle, KitchenAid mixer and scissors in the butcher block.

Above: A dark gray upholstered bed by Laura Baird of Verde Home, an antique chandelier and furnishings passed down from Bonnie’s family outfit the master bedroom.

look is art, art and more art. A large Todd Murphy painting of two somber faces, titled Truman Capote, dominates the formal living room. There is also a mixed-media work of acrylic and graphite on paper by Carolyn Carr; a work by Carr’s husband, Michael Gibson, that combines oil on board with a sculptural element of clay and wire; and, of course, pieces by Bonnie, whose process includes applying a layer of molding paste and dirt or sand with her hands and finishing it off with acrylic and oil paint. One of her favorite subjects is horses. Step into the adjoining dining room—outfitted in a colorful striped rug and blue walls—and you’ll meet Bonnie’s Peacemaker, a painting of a 19th century Colt revolver that she gave George for his 50th birthday. “I wanted a collectible gun with history and any piece with an exciting backstory is about $15,000 to $20,000. I wanted to own a piece of history,” George says. “He had his eye on one and I just couldn’t do it so I painted him the gun  he wanted,” Bonnie says. “I didn’t even know I could paint a gun.” The kitchen, with its neighboring sitting area, is one of the Cooke family’s favorite hangouts. Here, pops of red accessories accent an eclectic folk art collection that includes a painting of red guinea hens by artist John “Cornbread” Anderson (which George framed with trimmings from antique timber beams) and a painting of an angel’s wing above the stone fireplace that Bonnie created while in college. The timber mantel is home to one of the couple’s ceramic face jugs, but the full collection (picked up at art shows across Georgia) is in the former-carport-turned-family-room, where each piece sits eerily staring into space from the white built-ins. Surrounding these are works by a variety of collectible Georgia artists, including a portrait of Bonnie painted by Michael Taylor while they


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were both in residence at the Hambidge Center in North Georgia. The art show continues in the Cookes’ master bedroom where walls of silver automotive paint are a soothing backdrop for a painting on paper by Cuban-American artist Rocío Rodríguez and a multi-media piece from 19-year-old up-and-coming local artist Wood Adamson. The only place on the Cookes’ property where you won’t see artwork at every turn is the outdoor living area, which, ironically, is where Bonnie retreats to create her masterpieces. As a couple, the Cookes’ biggest masterpiece is, no doubt, their beautiful home and while they’d love to continue adding on to it (a garage, to be precise), they are running out of room. Instead, the dynamic duo is looking ahead to a completely different renovation challenge. “Now that we have one son in college and one about to head off to college, we are considering a new construction project,” George says. “We are thinking contemporary and modern as a new adventure.” We can’t wait to see. n

Above: The red accents continue in the kitchen’s adjoining sitting room, a place where the Cookes enjoy entertaining friends and sharing the events of their day over a home-cooked family meal.

Bonnie and George’s top 5 tips for starting an art collection: 1. Buy what you like and buy in the moment—don’t worry ahead of time about where a piece will be placed, or its size, shape, color, etc. 2. Find a common theme that is meaningful to you—we began with artists that Bonnie went to college with at UGA and Atlanta College of Art, then expanded to include all Georgia artists.

3. Go to the many nonprofit art auctions, such as the Hambidge Center Auction at the Goat Farm Arts Center in late May—you can find established or emerging artists that can build your collection.

4. Don’t be afraid to move your art around—as new pieces are added to a collection, other pieces can be moved or can take a “rest” off the wall for a while.

5. There is no right or wrong way to build a collection— more than anything, have fun and take your time … an art collection is a journey, not a destination.

Left: With some help from good friend Ed Castro (of Ed Castro Landscape), the Cookes transformed a former parking area into the perfect outdoor entertaining venue furnished in Crate & Barrel furniture. A gravel path around the pond leads to Bonnie’s storybook art studio and matching chicken coop.

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BACK TO THE BASICS Discover coveted classics that should always adorn your wardrobe


e can talk about statement necklaces and colored skinny jeans all day, but if we’re being truthful, it’s the classic clothing pieces that get us through almost everything. There are certain essential clothing and accessory items that must be in your closet at all times. The nice thing about them is

1. THE VINTAGE CHAMBRAY Chambray shirts have been around for quite some time, but we think it’s safe to say they aren’t going out of style—ever. Topshop’s Moto Bleach Western Shirt is the most basic of chambrays and that is the best part. The snap buttons and classic trim are simple, so its pairing abilities allow you to be creative. Chambray tops pair best with black jeans in the fall or colorful shorts in the summer. With this blouse, the options are endless! Available for $64 at Topshop.

2. THE EVERYDAY BLAZER Everyone knows a good, tailored blazer can make almost any outfit work. From a business presentation to a Saturday brunch, a slim-fitting black blazer, like Theory’s Custom Gabe Jacket, will fit in regardless of the setting, time and time again. The button and lapel detailing is sleek and simple, and the length hits right below the belt, slimming the waist (added bonus!). Frankly, your closet isn’t complete without it. Available for $425 at Theory.

3. THE ONLY SNEAKER THAT MATTERS The Converse Chuck Taylor has been kickin’ it since the 1930s. Today’s available colors are infinite, but classic white pairs with anything. These sneaks are


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that they are usually easy to find and comfortable to wear. Plus, making the investment in classics can really pay off in the long run since there are endless mixing and matching options. So pack your purse and head out to Buckhead’s shops to scoop up these closet staples that will never go out of style.

comfortable, practical, and will always be stylish. You can wear them on your most casual of days (think leggings and a long t-shirt, or a striped cotton dress) or throw them on with a dressier ensemble (think button-down top and dark jeans), because they are that versatile. Put them in the wash after lots of wear, and they’ll be as good as new in no time. Available for $49.95 at Nordstrom.

6. THE PERFECT PUMPS These Nine West Jackpot pumps sure live up to their name. The black leather and pointy-toe construction make these a flirty and flattering option, but simple enough to be work-appropriate. The 3 ½-inch heel is not too high so the wear is easy, but they are high enough for you to sling on for a sexy night out, too. Available for $79 at Macy’s.



While a classic white button-down is just fine, we’ve turned things up a notch with this Topshop Pleated Bib Front Shirt. The top can fit under a timeless sweater in the winter, but can be worn year-round with your favorite pair of pants or jeans. The pleats add a hint of spunk, but not enough to take away from the crisp and clean feel that’s classic in a white button-down.

The British Isles-inspired Daniel Wellington watch line is nothing short of stylish simplicity. The black leather band paired with the bright white face surrounded in rose gold (an updated take on the standard gold look), makes this Classic Sheffield a sure bet for almost any outfit. It’s clean enough for daily wear (and who would want to take it off anyway?), but has the ability to pair well with bangles or other bracelets for stacking.

Available for $75 at Topshop.

Available for $199 at It’s About Time.



These J Brand Mid-rise Skinny Jeans in the dark Oblivion color are flattering in every way. The deep blue color works for almost every jeans-appropriate occasion you could imagine and the whiskers and fading add a little character. The skinny hem hits right above the shoe, so heels, boots and sandals will all pair effortlessly.

Even if you travel just once all year, you’ll want this Lo & Sons O.M.G. carrier to accompany you. Its features include a padded laptop pocket, detachable strap, more compartments than you can count, and a back panel sleeve that fits over your suitcase’s handle—you don’t even have to carry it! And when you’re not jet-setting, use it as a daily work or gym bag.

Available for $198 at Nordstrom.

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SHOP: It’s About Time 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road Atlanta 30346 770.399.6958 Lo & Sons Macy’s 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.231.2800 Nordstrom 3500 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.442.3000 Theory 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.446.4115 Topshop 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.233.6767

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SIMPLE STATEMENTS Delicate jewels light up outfits this spring STORY:


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s we transition into warmer months and spend longer days in the heat, we might abandon heavy scarves and chunky statement necklaces, but don’t think that you have to give up accessorizing altogether. We’ve chosen three simple yet eye-catching, lightweight options for you to wear every day or to reserve for special occasions.

1. LAYERED PERFECTION We love these three delicate Dana Rebecca necklaces from Tassels Jewelry. Each necklace offers a different arrangement of diamonds in a gorgeous setting of 14k white gold, 14k rose gold or 14k yellow gold. These pieces can be worn separately or layered together. When worn as a cascading three-piece, they create a mixed-metal, simple statement. These beautiful necklaces are a stunning way to add sparkle to your outfit for work, life or play. Dana Rebecca 14k white gold, $265; 14k rose gold, $1,650; and 14k yellow gold, $990; available at Tassels Jewelry.


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2. TO THE POINT We’ve seen hearts, peace signs and religious symbols as the most popular details on necklaces, rings and bracelets for years, but the arrow marks a whole new era. This edgy-meets-luxe 14k yellow gold diamond arrow bangle from Laura Pearce Ltd. is a must-have for the gal who loves rocker-chic sophistication. Need a graduation gift for the modern girl in your life? This is the ticket. We love this alone as a super-delicate hint of bling or stacked with other bangles. Available for $990 at Laura Pearce Ltd.

3. DANGLING DIAMONDS Dawn Muscio has been in the jewelry design business for over 25 years; the care in her craftsmanship is evidence that she’s still in love with the art of it all. Muscio designs these 1 ¼-inch “Twilight” drop-down earrings in a variety of metals combined with diamonds. This particular pair, the Twilight III, is 14k white gold. We love its “dress up or dress down” versatility— gorgeous with a white T-shirt or stunning on a bride! Available for $1,880 at D. Muscio Fine Jewelry.

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Hot summer trends and care tips from three sought-after nail spas


Above: The writer getting a much-needed neutral mani in Spa InterContinental’s soothing nail-care room. Below: Dazzle Dry nail polish (featured from left to right: Artic Sunset, Strawberry Macaron and Feisty) dries in 5 minutes without UV light and is non-toxic.

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our nails are not only a beauty asset; they also are a fashion accessory. Their look and color tells a little style story of who you want to be— vixen, classy lady, edgy, bold—for the one to three weeks before your next visit to the nail salon. Here, three of Buckhead’s top nail experts give you the scoop on what’s trending this season so you can complete your fashionable ensemble. Plus, get their advice on keeping your nails healthy— the foundation for any fashion statement.

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Owner of J Salon and Boutique

What’s hot: Neutrals or deep, earthy reds (think Marsala wine). The “new” neutrals are layered on using two different colors— either sheer white, pink or beige for the first coat followed by an application of the neutral polish you select. By layering, you can create your own personalized hue. Try the neutral on your hands and the Marsala on your toes.

What’s hot: If you’re looking for a bright pop, OPI’s bright coral hue Aloha is gorgeous for summer. For a subtler look, go for OPI Bubble Bath, a neutral pink that goes with everything.

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NAIL CARE TIP: Keep high-quality, nourishing nail oil bedside and use it liberally every night. I would also recommend keeping new files in your purse, desk drawer and car for those little snags that appear out of nowhere. Get it here: $135 for spa manicure and pedicure (75 minutes) Spa InterContinental InterContinental Hotel, Buckhead 3315 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.946.9175


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NAIL CARE TIP: Addicted to your gel manicure? Consider taking a break every so often because it can damage your nails after two or three times. Acetone needs to be used to take the old gel nails off, which is no good for the nail bed underneath. Keep your nails healthy by frequently moisturizing your hands, too. Get it here: Starting at $60 for a manicure and pedicure J Salon and Boutique 3232 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.667.5378

What’s hot: OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a perfect pink with creamy coverage and ESSIE Butler Please is a very pretty beach blue that will take you right to the ocean. Though an overall industry trend is the ballerina (aka coffin) shape, the most requested nail profile in Buckhead continues to be the “squoval” (square-oval) in short and medium lengths. NAIL CARE TIP: If you have gel nails, the best thing you can do is NOT to try to remove them yourself. As far as your pedicure goes, cream your heels daily to control cracking and drying. Get it here: Manicures start at $12 and pedicures start at $20 Hammond Nails and Spa 4279 Roswell Road N.E. Suite 602 Atlanta 30342 404.250.9698

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Core and more! Spin, kick and row your way to a bikini body with these core-centric workouts


each season is upon us, so focus on building a strong core while toning your entire body. These workouts don’t have to involve monotonous bench presses or bicep curls; you can tone your back, arms, legs and core at the same time by fusing cardio with strengthening exercises. The biggest perk? You’ll have fun while doing it with these workouts filled with amped-up music, black lights and high-energy group dynamics.

Spinning WORKOUT BY: Jocelyn McCarthy of Cyc This is not your typical spinning class. The Cyc Method is a whole-body workout on the bike that pairs highenergy cardio with sports-specific moves intensified by the use of hand weights. “Every move we make in a Cyc Ride has a specific purpose and a planned result in attaining greater endurance and strength in the body and the mind,” McCarthy says. A Cyc class is only 45 minutes, but in addition to spinning on a bike, half the class is devoted to weight lifting that focuses on sport-specific movements, such as boxing, volleyball, rowing and basketball. McCarthy’s tips for new riders: Maintain a neutral spine, tight core, relaxed neck and shoulders. Make sure your feet are flat on the pedals and that you keep a soft grip on the gears. Calories burned (in 45 minutes): 800-1,000 calories Body focus: Core, legs and arms

Kickboxing WORKOUT BY: Joey Dillon of Status Athletic

Club Kickboxing is a total body workout in 50 minutes, with your core as your stabilizing center. You’ll work with a weighted punching bag or a partner holding


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a medium-sized body target. “Cross-body punches focus on strengthening your obliques and arms, while knee drives focus on your lower abs and upper back,” Dillon says. Plus, kicking and punching a bag is a great way to relieve stress and release tension. Dillon incorporates kickboxing intervals into his personal training sessions, where clients complete sets of 20 to 30 reps per exercise. Dillon’s tips for new kickboxers: Contract the core and exhale-inhale at the right moments to maximize your results. Lots of people don’t know that a simple exhale as you punch can take you a long way. Calories burned (in 50 minutes): 500-1,000 calories Body focus: Core, shoulders and arms

Rowing WORKOUT BY: Takeela Reddrick

of ROC House Fitness Spa Rowing is not only an effective low impact cardio option that is suitable for all fitness levels, but it also incorporates multiple muscles including hamstrings, glutes, abs, obliques, chest, biceps and upper back. As Reddrick says, “Each rep fires the same muscles you would use doing a leg press, deadlift and row machine.” You’ll row about 1,600 meters (one mile) and mix it up with body-weight intervals during the 50-minute class. Meaning, every 200 meters, you’ll hop off the rower and do a set of push-ups, planks or squat jumps. Reddrick’s tips for new rowers: Keep your chin and chest up while moving forward, and drive through your legs as you pull back. Your arms will naturally straighten. Power is generated from your legs. Calories burned (in 50 minutes): Up to 1,200 calories Body focus: Core, upper/lower back and glutes n

McCarthy grew up in Atlanta and currently lives in Dunwoody. Before Cyc, she taught spin and cardio kickboxing classes at several Atlanta area gyms including LA Fitness Sandy Springs and Brookhaven, as well as Life Time Athletic in Sandy Springs. Atlanta Cycologists go through intensive training to ensure the Cyc Method is delivered safely and precisely. Cyc Buckhead (inside Forum Athletic Club)

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TAKEELA REDDRICK Master Trainer; AFAA, IFTA, TRX, Insanity certifications Reddrick is a fitness professional with dedicated experience in small group training, fitness competition, cycling, TRX suspension and functional fitness. She coordinates and teaches classes at the women-only gym in Buckhead. Reddrick is typically at ROC from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. ROC House Fitness Spa 3402 Piedmont Road Atlanta 30305 404.500.1621

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Jennifer Smith has been practicing Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga for 16 years.

POWERFUL PRACTICE A Sandy Springs yoga teacher’s journey through her practice


ver the course of 16 years, Jennifer Smith has built a foundation in both Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditional yoga, putting in more than 1,000 hours of practice and studying with high-profile yoga teachers. After co-founding and co-directing Balance Yoga in Atlanta for 10 years, Smith branched out on her own to teach small group and private classes at her in-home studio in Sandy Springs. She also leads classes at Atlanta Hot Yoga in Buckhead and Infinity Yoga in Brookhaven. Smith shares how yoga has empowered her for daily struggles in life, including injury, surgery and caring for aging family members.


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What has been the biggest impact of yoga on your life? I have lost a parent, and have another one who is ill. I have two children and my husband has a stressful job. I am just like any other human—I have things that are stressful and painful, and things that are joyful and easy. At the end of the day, an asana practice centers me and gives me the tools to try to step back and just observe. Do you have a specific teaching style in your yoga classes? I like to be joyful in my teaching, and I also tend to teach very autobiographically: sharing daily struggles as a wife, mother, friend, etc. I am always physically cruising the room working with each person as much as possible, and if I see a common theme, I focus the class on improving that pose. What are the main fitness attributes of yoga? I would suggest that if anyone is looking to get stronger in mind and body, add yoga to the routine. You are supporting your body weight, back bending, twisting, forward folding, tightening your core and going upside down. It’s a full-body workout.


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How many days per week should someone aim to do yoga as they build up their practice? In the beginning, three days is optimal, but if you want to make yoga a practice you should aim for six days per week. Also, more sessions per week for less time per session is better, such as adding in a few 30-minute sessions at home that add up to five times per week. What are the benefits of incorporating a yoga practice into your routine? The great thing about a personal practice is that it is ever-evolving. There is only one way to “embody” yoga, and that is to keep trying and keep getting on your mat. The hardest part about yoga: The work is never over. As Westerners, that is hard to swallow—we are goal-driven. n

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Caitlin Prichett, a fifth grader at Sarah Smith Elementary, was one of 10 area students whose art inspired works along the PATH400 trail.

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S I M P LY A & E


Above: Ben Owen and his “Dream Writers” co-stars, coming (hopefully) to the small screen soon.

Right: It’s taken him a while, but Ben Owen now feels comfortable calling himself a performer.

Hoping to make his Dream a reality Once a soccer player, Ben Owen now calls Atlanta his home and performing his profession


en Owen was always the class clown, making his fellow students laugh, yet becoming a performer was never something he envisioned. These days, however, it’s his calling. Although he recently moved to Suwanee, Owen lived in Buckhead for several years and still has a Brookhaven office. Both have been great locations. “I was in Buckhead the first three years I was in Georgia,” he says. “I really enjoyed it—the arts scene, independent comedy shows, so much going on. Brookhaven seems like an up-and-coming area, a community that is emphasizing the idea of community.” His trek into the entertainment industry has been an unorthodox one—after growing up in England he attended Florida’s Rollins College on a soccer scholarship, moved back home when his student visa ran out, relocated to South Korea to teach English, met his future wife there and moved to Atlanta with her after she got accepted into law school at UGA. Since arriving almost five years ago he’s had his hands in stand-up comedy, films and a pet project, a potential TV series called “Dream Writers.”


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A modern day workplace comedy, “Dream Writers” posits a secret government agency that writes dreams for specific people, targeting them in the hope that what they dream will play out in real life. It’s something he has been involved with now for 18 months. “It was conceived as a web series but we want to produce a pilot for TV,” he says. “I was brought on as an actor but now I am the head writer. It spiralled out of control; we realized we could make it bigger and better. We started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money and make the pilot happen—and we were successfully funded at $75,000.” Now that the project has been funded, Owen and his team are spending the spring casting, tweaking the script, securing locations and shooting the pilot so they can submit it to television networks. The performer remembers his father being in theater the whole time he was growing up. Yet Owen’s dreams were elsewhere. “When I was younger, my focus was sports,” he says. “Like most English kids, I wanted to be a professional soccer player. I did school projects and people always thought I was funny,


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but I couldn’t get involved in theater in Florida because I had the scholarship. Once I moved to Atlanta, I got involved in stand-up comedy.” He co-founded a sketch comedy group, Kinda Sketchy, did some performing around town and soon had an agent. It was then that he began taking the craft seriously. The blossoming TV and film industry has convinced him Atlanta is the right place to be. “It’s changed so much,” he says. “My aim was to do stand-up and move to California. In comedy, [performers] often move. The feeling in the acting world is to make people think they don’t need to. To chase their dreams they don’t have to uproot their kids and move. We want to make it so that all the best talent stays here. The tax breaks here have made it great to work here. I think Georgia is doing what it needs to keep that infrastructure.” His wife, Andrea, is not in the business. Owen cracks that she has the responsible career. “She is completely separate; she is doing something more sensible in the real world,” he laughs. “She is now a lawyer. I am quite fortunate. I am a stay-at-home husband.” n

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A winding PATH of art

Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, smiles with (left) Katie Maier, (top right) Will Moore and (bottom right) Caitlin Prichett, three of the students whose artworks were selected to grace the new PATH400 trail.


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Students add creativity to Buckhead’s newest walking trail


atie Maier may be the envy of many emerging artists. Her work has been featured in a temporary exhibit at the High Museum, and now one of her first juried creations is a permanent part of a 10-artist exhibit recently installed along the PATH400 trail in North Buckhead. Her “Sunburst” design was the only one selected from entries made through the Lovett School, where she is a fifth-grader. Though just 11 years old, Maier may be on her way to an art career. “Well, I’m not really sure,” she says shyly. “I do love to paint, mostly scenery and people’s faces. Last summer I painted the five senses with a lot of blending. It was very colorful.” Maier and nine other area school students were tapped to have their designs turned into giant plexiglass works that cleverly disguise the electrical junction boxes along the .6-mile trail that runs between Old Ivy and Wieuca


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roads. The “Playing with Shadows” contest, sponsored by Liveable Buckhead, drew 187 entries. “We were on the site, trying to figure out how to cover the junction boxes but still have access to them when it organically grew into an art project,” says Denise Starling, Liveable Buckhead’s executive director. “The path’s sound walls will have windows of colored plexiglass, and we thought of bringing that design element into the whole project. And it was a perfect way to get the community to take ownership and, especially, to engage kids.” Other than the idea of shadows, the contest had no specific criteria. It was open to local students in kindergarten through fifth grade who came up with designs for the panels. The jury—Starling, North Buckhead resident Lisa Dwyer, Mason Murer Gallery owner Mark Karelson, Park Pride coordinator Becky Katz and Phillip Howe of Lewallen Construction—made the selections. The 20

finalists were invited to the late January unveiling where the winners saw their work displayed for the first time. “I was very surprised I won,” says 9-year-old Will Moore, a third-grader at Pace Academy. “I really like to skateboard, so I sketched that, and they didn’t change it.” Next to each panel is a plaque with the artist’s name, which means 10-yearold Caitlin Prichett from Sarah Smith Elementary now has something to show off to her friends. “I’ve been taking lessons for about four years and draw mostly animals in charcoal and pencil,” she says. “But for this contest, I drew a flower—just a generic flower, since it was part of a path, and I thought it should be about nature. And Atlanta is a big city; we can always add a bit of nature to it.” n l A map and information about the PATH400 Trail is online at


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“Especially for women, it’s important to have the courage to ask for what you want.”

Just ask for it! Buckhead author offers tips for getting what you want STORY:

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f there’s something missing from your life, chances are you’ve overlooked a key pathway to getting it. Former sports agent-turned-author Molly Fletcher has seen the scenario play out in business and personal situations, and as her motivational books advise, the solution is often as simple as just asking. “Especially for women, it’s important to have the courage to ask for what you want,” says Fletcher, a Buckhead mom and head of her own consulting firm, the Molly Fletcher Company. “So often, people think asking means being adversarial, but negotiation is really a conversation.” Fletcher’s third book, A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done, was published by McGraw-Hill last September with a range of suggestions for getting those conversations going. Her expertise is built on a successful career as a sports agent, working for 14 years with major-league stars such as Braves pitcher John Smoltz and manager Bobby Cox and negotiating more than $500 million worth of deals. “This book is so needed because it focuses on a very different approach,” she says. “Negotiation is really anchored by relation-


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ships, and you can keep the conversation going from those relationships.” Given her background, it’s not surprising that Fletcher relates examples of negotiated business contracts, but getting what you want isn’t only about job advice. “You can deploy this model whether you’re negotiating a discount on orthodontic work for your children or a raise—it’s really for anything you want to ask for.” Among Fletcher’s top tips: Embrace the pause in the conversation, and let the other person do the talking. Develop 360-degree awareness to understand what’s driving the situation. Ask in confidence. And know when not to ask. “It’s a process, and I want to encourage people to practice,” Fletcher says. “The more we do it, the easier it becomes.” Fletcher adds the lessons on negotiating to other strategic suggestions for success mapped out in her first two books, The Business of Being the Best: Inside the World of Go-Getters and Game Changers (December 2011) and The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career (October 2013). Her practical and encouraging advice has made her a hot ticket on the talk circuit, where she

has delivered advice to more than 300,000 listeners since launching her own company in 2010. The busy schedule is juggled around working on her next yet-to-befocused book, being a spouse and managing the busy lives of three daughters— 12-year-old Emma and 11-year-old twins Meg and Kate. But it’s work she savors for the best reason: “It’s a lot of fun.” n

A WINNER’S GUIDE TO NEGOTIATING: HOW CONVERSATION GETS DEALS DONE is available on and Fletcher’s website, Listen to Fletcher’s words of advice live at the 2015 Judson Women’s Leadership Conference on June 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McCamish Pavilion at Georgia Tech.




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Can a new chef restore Watershed on Peachtree to the glories of its past? Our critic thinks Zeb Stevenson just might.

Watershed on Peachtree has a new executive chef who shows great flair with French-inspired classics like brandade, which he makes with smoked trout (above). Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Left: Watershed’s Appalachian cider beans are like a cross between pork and beans and cassoulet; they come with schmaltz-fried bread crumbs and poached egg. Below: The chicken-liver mousse with toasted baguette is stunningly good.

Right: The famous fried chicken is served with biscuits and honey; you’ll want to ask for a side of mac and cheese, too.


atershed on Peachtree is a restaurant with a storied, personalitydriven past. Co-owned by Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and restaurateur Ross Jones, it started as a walk-up sandwich shop in Decatur, won a James Beard Award under the leadership of chef Scott Peacock and moved to Buckhead in 2012. While Peacock cooked with the exacting hand of a purist—he was mentored after all by Southern-food icon Edna Lewis—chef Joe Truex in recent times reshaped the menu to reflect his Louisiana roots, often to uneven results. From the Prozac-colored space on Decatur’s Ponce de Leon Avenue to the understated grays of designer Smith Hanes, the Watershed of today is a different animal than the one of yesteryear. By that we mean it hasn’t always been as consistent as one might hope. But earlier this year, Truex left to run a pizza restaurant in the Mall of Dubai, Watershed hired Zeb Stevenson (late of Parish and The Livingston), and diners started to taste a noticeable improvement. Watershed, it seemed, was back.


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Zeb Stevenson inherits a Southern classic with a vaunted reputation; can he rise to the occasion? STORY:

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After a delightful recent dinner, I was almost ready to jump on that bandwagon. From Southern staples like chicken and dumplings to French classics such as chicken-liver mousse, nearly every bite was exceptional. Here was a chef creating down-home food with sophisticated uptown flair. Stevenson, an Indiana native who studied fine art at Cornell, is talented, deserving and likely to carve a niche that is uniquely his own. But that doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement. (As for Watershed’s service, well, it’s competent and attentive, but not exactly warm.) Beginning with cocktail noshes, I’ve certainly never seen more beautiful pork rinds than the ones this new chef sends out here. The chicharrónes are huge, fried to a lovely sheen and dusted with prickly spices. They crunch so loud they could waken the neighbors upstairs in this high-rise condo building. Drip a bit of Stevenson’s spiky hot sauce on the skins, take a slurp of your drink and carry on. Speaking of beverages, we enjoyed the delicately scented Provençal (Uncle Val’s

Botanical Gin, limoncello, a hint of lavender, grapefruit, lime and a splash of Champagne) and the debonair Southern Manhattan (bourbon sweetened with maple syrup and perked up with barbecue bitters, Cynar, lemon). But we found the Zihua Margarita (a classic Rita, made with Cointreau) overly tart, and we thought the Watershed Rickey (Uncle Val’s Restorative Gin, grapefruit and lime, vermouth and orange bitters) a bit forward in the gin department. Among the starters, we loved schmearing warm brandade on toasted baguette. Stevenson’s trick is to use smoked trout in place of traditional salt cod, and the resulting potato-and-fish whip is at once rich and ethereal. The Appalachian cider beans are a play on pork-and-beans, but topped as they are with with a soft egg and “chicken-fried” breadcrumbs (we presume that means schmaltz), they are in a class unto themselves—toothsome and tender, wonderfully delicious, wholly original. In the guilty-pleasure department, scallop and rice fritters were creamy little fried nibbles that tasted even better

Above: Pork cheeks with polenta and carrots glazed in their own juice are rich and decadent. Left: Chicken and dumplings are as comforting and homespun as grandma’s.

Above: Prime strip steak comes with a sunchoke hashbrown, oyster mushrooms and a kicky wild-onion salsa verde.

“I think the spirit of Watershed and really the spirit of Southern cuisine is using what’s around you.” - Executive chef Zeb Stevenson rolled around in the pepper hollandaise. Oysters dotted with an herb, garlic and absinthe butter were by no means a total wash, but they could have used a little less time in the oven. But that chicken-liver mousse—my Lord, it was good. On the whole, entrees were nicely done and occasionally memorable. Among the standouts were the comforting chicken and dumplings (fluffy drop dumplings in rich broth with herbs and carrots) and tender pork cheeks (served on a puddle of decadent polenta with apple sauce and perfect little carrots glazed in their own juice). Once the polenta had cooled a bit so that the flavors of the dish could mingle, it was even better. However, should you find yourself here on a Wednesday night, when the crowds rush in for Peacock and Lewis’ famous fried chicken, you may sense that the kitchen is a bit stressed. We found the once definitive bird—which is fried in lard seasoned with country ham and presented with nothing but biscuits and honey—a tad on the dry side. However, our side of macaroni and cheese was the kind of unctuous, custardy stuff that dreams are made of. It may be the best mac and cheese in town. My server was big on the prime strip steak, which comes with creative accouterments: a sunchoke hash brown, oyster mushrooms and a kicky wild-onion salsa

verde. Only a jerk would complain about a steak that arrives already sliced into bite-size pieces, but when you are expecting a juicy New York strip and a steak knife has been laid by your plate, it’s just not the same. Not a terrible misstep. But at $35, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, either. Peacock was a legendary baker, and his Very Good Chocolate Cake (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, both made with a shot of strong coffee) is now simply good. Much better is the Hot Milk Cake, moist white cake with superb caramel icing and a touch of sea salt, and the fried apple pie with cinnamon gelato. So here’s the question: Can Stevenson restore Watershed on Peachtree to the glories of its Ponce de Leon past? When he’s present in the moment, he comes close. But those who come here in search of lost memories may be disappointed. With new chefs come new visions. In a telephone interview, Stevenson said he wants to make food that is “truly delicious” with ingredients from his backyard. “I think the spirit of Watershed and really the spirit of Southern cuisine is using what’s around you,” he said. “It’s respect, frankly. It’s respect for the ingredients.” A self-taught chef who brings soul, excitement and the occasional spark of genius to Watershed, he’s less interested in replicating regional classics than cooking straight from the heart. We should all respect that. n

Left: The gin-based Provençal has a delicate floral touch, while the Southern Manhattan is bold, smoky and masculine. Below: Hot milk cake, laden with caramel and touch of sea salt, is a wonderful way to finish a meal.

WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta 30309 404.809.3561 Prices: Appetizers: $8-$16. Entrees: $9-$18 at lunch, $20-$35 at dinner. Recommended: Southern Manhattan, Provençal cocktail. Pork skins, smoked-trout brandade, Appalachian cider beans, chicken-liver mousse. Chicken pot pie, pork cheeks. Macaroni and cheese. Warm milk cake. Fried apple pie. Bottom line: Under its new chef, this Southern institution just might rise again.

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Boozy brunch Elevate Sunday’s fave meal with a cocktail at these Buckhead spots— or create your own! Kelly Skinner


runch inhabits that cozy space between weekday and weekend, vacation and work. And no month owns it quite so well as May. These three Sunday brunches stand out not only for their culinary offerings, but also, come 12:30 p.m., for their delicious cocktails.

This melon-hued Pimm’s Cup from Holeman and Finch packs a pretty punch.

Swanky Smorgasbord

Southern Style

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Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead isn’t a meal; it’s an experience. The $75 per person spread comes with an all-you-can eat buffet that proffers every imaginable delicacy from caviar to chocolate mousse. For $15 extra, you gain access to the hotel’s “bubble bar” stocked with sparkling wines and seasonal mixers, so you can shake up your own concoctions.

Watershed on Peachtree transports diners to the French Quarter each weekend thanks to its easy-going Sunday brunch—complete with a Cajun jazz trio. Like its dinner and lunch service, the focus is on Southern and Creole cuisine (think fluffy beignets and a savory seafood mélange). Beverages lean Southern as well, with the boozy Hurricane our late-summer go-to, and the delectable mint julep the perfect complement to a lazy May morning.

Besides the famed cheeseburger (a fixture on the brunch menu), Holeman and Finch Public House’s brunch features decadent renditions of traditional (and not-so-traditional) dishes, such as a farm egg with bacon and foie gras. Considering the restaurant’s award-winning bar program, it pays to try something stronger than coffee. For spring (and Wimbledon next month), the classic peach-hued Pimm’s Cup is the perfect fit.


INGREDIENTS: 1 pint fresh strawberries 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lavender 2 tablespoons sugar 1 lemon, juice only sparkling wine 6 whole fresh strawberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS: Add strawberries and water to a saucepot and bring to a simmer. Stir in the lavender and sugar; cook over medium flame for about 30 minutes. Once all the liquid has cooked off, remove from the heat and add lemon juice. Let cool. Purée in a blender until silky smooth. Pass it through a fine mesh strainer. Pour 2 ounces into a Champagne glass, top with 1/2 cup sparkling wine, and stir. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead 3434 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.237.2700


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Recipe by Watershed on Peachtree

Recipe by Kaleb J. Cribb, Lead Barman, Holeman and Finch Public House





5 mint sprigs 1/2 ounce simple syrup* 2 ounces bourbon (such as Bibb & Tucker) mint leaves for garnish

2 cucumber slices 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 3/4 ounce raspberry syrup 1 ounce Pimm’s 1 ounce Hayman’s London Dry Gin Blenheim Spicy Ginger Ale cucumber slice for garnish

DIRECTIONS: Muddle mint sprigs with simple syrup. Mix with bourbon, shake, and strain over crushed ice in a julep cup (a copper or silver cup). Garnish with mint. *To make simple syrup from scratch, heat one cup water to one cup sugar in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Watershed on Peachtree 1820 Peachtree Road N.W. Atlanta 30309 404.809.3561

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FOODIE JOURNAL     Culinary News & Notes BY:

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tlanta is home to dozens of sushi restaurants, and our community claims three of the city’s best—Tomo, Umi and Sushi House Hayakawa. While you won’t find overstuffed fusion rolls here, you will discover premium varieties of fish that wouldn’t be out of place in Michelin-starred sushi bars in Tokyo. Naturally, each has its own reputation—Umi is both extraordinary and extraordinarily pricey, Tomo is Atlanta’s answer to Nobu, and Hayakawa is an authentic hidden gem—but how much of the scuttlebutt is really true? To find out, I dined


several times at all three spots, comparing every detail down to the sake list and sushi shipments. But before we face off, there’s one important similarity to note: the best seat in the house at all three restaurants is at the sushi bar, where you can interact with the chef and enjoy sushi at its peak freshness. Sushi is a very time-sensitive food, and the difference in waiting just a few minutes for it to be delivered to your table is palpable, say the chefs (and my taste buds). Now, for the showdown:

ROBBY KUKLER or our second installment of this series, we called in restaurateur Robby Kukler, who is expanding his Fifth Group Restaurants empire to Buckhead this month with the opening of South City Kitchen’s third location at the front of Capital City Plaza. Here is Kukler’s guide to Buckhead eats:

n When I’m craving a quick, cheap bite to eat, I go for the cold sesame noodles at Grand China. I usually eat them in my car out of a to-go box—it’s the best in the city and it’s $5. n Time to celebrate—I’m headed to St. Cecilia. n My go-to coffee shop is Highland Bakery, and for early morning breakfast meetings, I’m at White House. n When I’ve got no time to cook or go out, I pick up Roaster’s to take home, a throwback to when I used to live on Lenox Road. n When it comes to grocery stores, you can never go wrong with Whole Foods, and I love Peachtree Road Farmers Market. I especially like the annual ice cream social they have every summer. n For happy hour, you’ll find me at Bistro Niko for Champagne and oysters. Taking it home? I like all the interesting finds at H&F Bottle Shop. n When I’m in the mood for ethnic food, I go to Taka for both sushi and izakaya. n For a night out on the town, I’m [usually] at the St. Regis Bar. I love everything about the St. Regis, including their bar—I’d like to live there.


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s Mustard-heavy pulled pork cubanitos are not to be missed at The Blind Pig.

s Don’t miss the tuna tacos with avocado cream at Doraku.

THE BLIND PIG PARLOUR BAR In keeping with the nation’s penchant for secret-door speakeasies, Southern Proper Hospitality opened The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, a Gatsby-esque watering hole behind Smokebelly serving up what may be the best craft cocktails in town. Their twist on the classic Negroni is not to be missed, nor are the amazing small plates, like mustard-heavy pulled pork cubanitos and smoked beef carpaccio with crispy capers and truffle salt.

Aoki, has opened his sixth location of Doraku (you’ll find the others in Miami, Oahu and Vietnam). Evocative of Japanese izakayas (the giant sake barrels lining the walls are an iconic touch), Doraku shines with their small plates, like tuna tacos with avocado cream.

DORAKU SUSHI At long last, Kevin Aoki, son of Benihana founder Rocky

BUCKHEAD TAVERN Aoki’s not the only son in town following in his father’s footsteps—Johnny Esposito, Jr. (his father founded the legendary Johnny’s Hideaway, celebrating its 36th anniversary this year) has set up shop a stone’s throw from Buckhead Atlanta. His casual space, Buckhead Tavern, may be carefree,

s Beef sliders with housemade bourbon-bacon jam shine on H&F Bread buns at Buckhead Tavern.

but the elevated pub fare (think sliders with housemade bourbon-bacon jam on H&F Bread buns and mussels in an addictive white wine broth) is anything but ordinary. The Blind Pig Parlour Bar 128 E. Andrews Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.931.2169 Buckhead Tavern 264 Pharr Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.917.2620 Doraku Sushi 267 East Paces Ferry Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.842.0005

TOMO Executive chef


Osaka-born chef/owner Tomohiro Naito

Tokyo-born chef/co-owner Fuyuhiko Ito and Tokyo-born pastry chef Lisa Ito

Sapporo-born chef/owner Atsushi (“Art”) Hayakawa

October 2011

May 2013

February 2008

How often does fresh fish arrive, and where is it from?

All fish are flown in from Japan’s Tsukiji Market twice a week, but Tomo receives shipments every day from other cold-water locations, like Scotland, Scandinavia and Croatia.

Shipments from Japan are flown in twice a week, but Umi receives shipments every day from around the world, like tuna from South America, flounder, scallops and sea urchin from the U.S. and salmon from Scotland.

Shipments arrive 2 to 4 days a week from around the world, including Japan, Hawaii, California, Canada, Norway, Alaska and Taiwan.

Overall style of food

Japanese ingredients comingle with Western cooking techniques here (the kampachi serrano dish exemplifies this Nobu-inspired style). Though the rolls are fairly basic, there are many fusion dishes with subtle pops of flavor and a great selection of cooked-meat dishes.

While the sushi is seriously traditional here, the specialty nigiri, appetizers and hot dishes lean toward modern Japanese fusion (Umi also does a yellowtail jalapeño dish inspired by Nobu). The rolls are a bit more innovative, and the sauces are all made in-house, resulting in bold flavors that pack a punch.

You won’t find fusion dishes here—from the sushi to the appetizers and entrees, this is probably the most authentic Japanese food. Just see the fried octopus balls (takoyaki) bursting with bonito flakes for proof.

Chef Naito slices his fish the thinnest and uses less rice, which is served much warmer in temperature and is a wellbalanced blend of sweetness and vinegar. Proponents of warm rice appreciate the contrast it provides to the cold fish.

Chef Ito’s sushi falls somewhere in the middle—his fish-to-rice ratio allows the fish to really shine, as his slices drape over his torpedo-shaped rice, which is a bit more vinegar heavy, and served just above body temperature. Proponents of this style love the freshness and tang it provides.

Chef Hayakawa slices his fish the thickest and uses the most rice, which is slightly warm and a bit sweeter, in his nigiri, resulting in sushi that often requires two bites. Proponents of this style often appreciate how much fish is provided, while critics find it cumbersome.

Floor-to-ceiling windows make for a very bright dining experience, which is lovely during the day, but can be a bit overpowering during dinner. Those seeking a quiet, intimate meal may prefer this setting, a beautiful, sleek and modern space that also offers outdoor seating. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, eager to please.

Umi’s bustling dining room is jam-packed nearly every night of the week, ensuring a fun, lively night out. The natural wood, dim lighting and beautiful people make for a glamorous experience that’s often shared with A-list celebs. Working their way through the crowds, the servers are attentive, helpful and quick.

The old-school, traditional dining room makes this the most casual of the three restaurants, but due to its small size, there’s usually a line of people waiting for a table. Service here is incredibly slow, and you’ll likely have to physically flag down a server whenever you need something. However, once they arrive, the hospitality is undeniable.

Number of sakes on the drink list




Number of seats in the restaurant

96 (plus 18 on the patio)

110 (plus 25 in the lounge)

40, including 11 at the sushi bar




Extra perks

Tuna-cutting demonstrations are held once a month, and the cocktail menu and desserts (made by Tomo’s wife, Kimiko) are impressive. Tomo is the only spot open for lunch service.

Umi offers creature comforts not often found in sushi restaurants, like craft coffee service, an award-winning cocktail bar and an onsite pastry chef creating unique desserts daily.

There aren’t many modern conveniences here, but you will find a special fresh wasabi paste that adds a delicious burst of flavor to your meal.

Contact information

3630 Peachtree Road, Suite 140, Atlanta 30326 404.835.2708

3050 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta 30305 404.841.0040

5979 Buford Highway, Suite A-10, Atlanta 30340 770.986.0010

Open since

Sushi style

Ambiance and service

Average number of covers per night

Sushi Photos: Angie Mosier


You can’t truly compare these restaurants without factoring in price.




A la carte nigiri: tuna, salmon, yellowtail, otoro (fattiest tuna), shima-aji (striped jack), madai (red snapper) and Japanese mackerel




Prix-fixe platters: the chef’s choice combination platters of nigiri and sashimi

$34 for six nigiri, 12 sashimi and a spicy tuna roll (roughly $1.88 per piece, plus the roll)

$50 for eight nigiri and nine sashimi (roughly $2.94 per piece)

$70 for 10 nigiri, and 12 sashimi (roughly $3.18 per piece)

Omakase menu (chef’s choice): usually includes a combination of appetizers, sashimi, hot dishes, nigiri and dessert

$100 to $150 per person

$75 to $150 per person

$125 and up per person

Average cost of dinner for two people (according to the restaurant)




Take a look at these four orders to see who is really Buckhead’s most expensive sushi restaurant:

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Doraku Sushi general manager Alvin U brings magic to Buckhead Atlanta STORY:

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lvin U, general manager of Doraku in Buckhead Atlanta and former magician, brings a sense of wonder to the Japanese sushi spot where he works. Born in Hong Kong, U started learning magic at age 9 and by 15, he was performing at hotels and events. When his family moved to the U.S. in 1991, he was impressed with the entertainment at Benihana, then a part of the Aoki Group, which owns Doraku. He started as a management trainee and never looked back. Today, U serves as director of marketing for Aoki in Miami, as well as general manager of Doraku in Buckhead, where he is responsible for hiring and training employees. Here, U shares details about his past, present and future.

How did you make the transition from magic to restaurants? While visiting Benihana with my parents, I saw the chef entertaining customers and juggling and doing stuff like that. He told me they were hiring management, so I was interested. After training in Oregon, I moved to Monterey Bay, California, as general manager of the Benihana there, and then to Indiana. I never worked as a chef, but I was involved in approving the chefs’ readiness to cook and perform in


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front of the public. [Later], I opened a hibachi restaurant called Hong Kong House in Indiana, where I made sushi, and then moved to Miami to work for Doraku last year. When did you move to Atlanta? I moved to Atlanta in November of last year, but I helped with the beverages at Benihana here from 2005 to 2007, too. My family is still in Oregon because my daughter is finishing high school, so I see them for a week about every two months. (I have an 8-year-old son, too.) They came to visit during their winter break in December. What do you do in your spare time? I haven’t had much of it lately, but I play tennis when I have a chance. In Miami, I go to the beach and for bike rides. Tell me about your work at Doraku. How does magic fit in? My favorite part is meeting new people and training them. It’s amazing to see

people become professionals. I do magic for the little ones who come in to dine with us. I use sake cups for the classic Cups and Balls trick where you stack the cups, tap them, open the top one and find that the ball has gone down inside the first cup. I usually use restaurant stuff like chopsticks and napkins, rather than magic props. What’s your favorite magic trick? Well I do everything from kids’ birthdays up to illusion. My favorite trick is electric sawing through the neck. I’ve been doing it since age 20. What’s next for you? Are there more Aoki restaurants in the works in Atlanta? I also oversee Qing Mu, our Chinese noodle concept, in Buckhead Atlanta. If we were to open another restaurant here, it would probably be a teppanyaki spot [like the one] we have in Miami, called Aoki. n

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FEATURED RESTAURANTS  A sampling of great eats in and around Buckhead BY: Wendell



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BHOJANIC After two meals at this North Indian restaurant, I’ve come to admire the flavorful, long-simmered, aromatic home cooking. The Samosa Chat was a wonderful smash-up of potato-andpea samosas topped with tamarind and mint chutneys and cool yogurt. As for the entrées, I really loved the intensely flavored goat curry and wanted to sop up every drop of the gravy with rice. This second location of Archna Becker’s beloved Decatur restaurant is an appealing minimalist space, and it’s easy to get in and out and have a solid and affordable meal. We are delighted that it’s finally here. Tapas and appetizers: $4-$9 Entrées and thalis: $12-$18

BUTTERMILK KITCHEN Chef Suzanne Vizethann offers thoughtfully handcrafted food in a room as pure and simple as its namesake drink. Southern classics are the foundation of this Roswell Road breakfast-and-lunch spot, and you can’t go wrong with the Brunswick stew, chicken salad, pimento cheese,

or the fried chicken biscuit with pepper jelly and pickles. Vizethann’s love of sweet confections really shines at weekend brunch, when folks line up in front of the inviting bright-blue cottage for the likes of toasted blueberry coffeecake and poppy-seed pancakes with strawberries and lemon curd. Salads and sandwiches: $8.25-$11.50 Breakfast dishes: $8-$13

Del Frisco’s Grille’s Pimento Cheese Burger was cooked to perfection.

CAFÉ SUNFLOWER In a town that’s burger-crazed and churrascaria-packed, chef-owners Lin and Edward Sun’s casual, mid-priced kitchen is an anomaly: a veggie haunt that samples freely from world cuisine with mainstream diners in mind. Here, patrons take delight in consistently delicious salads and soups; soy-based replicas of everyday grub like burgers and ravioli; and a stellar lineup of original dishes. The food is freshly prepared, beautifully presented and accessible to both hardcore vegans and omnivores. Lunch entrées: $9-$12 Dinner entrées: $12-$18

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE While the Texas-based chain is known for superb steaks, fusion appetizers and flatbreads, we think the burgers are sensational. In particular, the Pimento Cheese Burger, an uptown riff on the Big Mac, is a tower of juicy deliciousness: two patties with lettuce, tomato and pickle; plus housemade “sloppy sauce” (it’s like a smooth Thousand Island); plus two generous smears of pimento cheese, which slides down the stack and seals in all that juicy goodness. Del Frisco’s gets special points for packaging: The burger sits coyly in a partly open paper wrapper, while the fries are in a little paper cone on the side. A cold frothy draft beer is the clincher. Appetizers: $7-$16.50 Sandwiches & flatbreads: $12.50-$18 Steaks: $29.50-$39.50


Buttermilk Kitchen’s outdoor patio is a homey spot for warm-weather dining.


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You don’t have to brave the pampas of South America or the wilds of Africa to witness the most primitive form of cooking—and eating—on the planet. Every day of the week, deep in the heart of Buckhead, hunks of meat sizzle over an open fire, and grown men smack their lips and engage in gluttony as a kind of participatory sport. At this Brazilian churrascaria, you can sip caipirinhas and nibble cheese bread; graze from a beautiful, bottomless salad bar; then indulge in an endless parade of meats, carved straight onto your plate by servers in gaucho drag. It’s all

quite delicious, though the place can get Vegas crazy at times, so just be prepared for a mob. The full experience: $51.50 (dinner); $32.50 (lunch) Salad bar only: $24.50 (dinner); $22.50 (lunch)

HAL’S “THE STEAKHOUSE” Looking on the outside like a highend strip joint topped with a Bourbon Street balcony, Hal’s has built its cachet around its loyal clientele, old-school style, impeccable service and terrific food. Owner Hal Nowak is a New Orleans native, and in his eponymous enterprise—with its shrimp rémoulade, oysters bordelaise and booze-soaked bread pudding—he has created Atlanta’s answer to Galatoire’s. This may be your grandparents’ favorite restaurant, but in an age where everything old is new again, it also boasts a youthful clientele that appreciates its straightforward food, strong drinks and speakeasy atmosphere. Appetizers and salads: $9-$24 Entrées and steaks: $24-$50

JALISCO After nearly three decades, Jalisco remains a giddy, guilty pleasure trip through a tunnel of cheese. This Tex-Mex institution at Peachtree Battle is better than an El Paso taco kit, but not exactly a showcase of the sophisticated techniques and

ingredients of the Mexican larder. Without apology, Jalisco is what it is, a place with consistently good, standard-issue burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and even a “Hamburguesa Mexicana.” (It’s topped with nacho cheese.) This is not a place where the kitchen thrives on change and creativity. For the most part, the menu is the same as it has been since Jalisco opened in 1978. Lunch specials: $5-$9 Entrées: $9-$13 404.233.9244


Salads, sandwiches and pizzas: $7-$11

Thirteen Pies’ The Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Egg pie is a riff on bacon and eggs, and topped with locally sourced charcuterie.

tasting coleslaw (with just a little mayo) and excellent new potato salad are just the things to cut the richness of the succulent pork. Some other tasty gowiths are fried okra, long-cooked collards, mac and cheese and Brunswick stew. I’m sated. I’m sauce-splashed. I need a moist towelette and a nap. Entrées: $8-$24



Appetizers: $6-$20 Nigiri: $2.50-$11 Sushi rolls: $4.50-$19.50

Chef Taka Moriuchi learned from perhaps the most famously finicky and cultinspiring Japanese chef Atlanta has ever known: Sotohiro Kosugi, owner of Buckhead’s legendary (but now shuttered) Soto Japanese Restaurant. Today, Moriuchi holds court at his own Pharr Road sushi bar, where his impeccably fresh fish and hot and cold appetizers compare to

THIRTEEN PIES This modern gourmet-pizza parlor in the posh Buckhead Atlanta development is a welcome addition to this pie-struck town. The room is beautiful, the cocktails memorable, the small plates and housemade pastas stuffed with fresh, vibrant, Mediterranean flavors. But what really shines are the



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pizzas—thin, crisp, and small enough so that each bite of mushroom or lamb sausage counts. The Iberian, with fennel salami, “old” manchego, smoked provolone, yellow tomatoes and other Spanish ingredients, is a perennial crowd-pleaser, while the Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Egg is a deliciously rustic, sunny-side-up breakfast riff: bacon-and-egg pizza, if you will. Salads and small plates: $9-$12 Pastas and pie: $13-$16



Co-owner Jim Graddy tells me he learned the art of the pit on his granddaddy’s pig farm in Manchester, Ga. Graddy remembers cooking whole hogs all night long over hot coals, and when I tear into his pulled-pork sandwich—a delicious pile of pink, smoke-tinged meat between two thick slabs of white bread—I believe him. Graddy has proudly transported his family’s traditions to his casual Southern ’cue counter. Man, is the food good. The fresh-

the best Japanese food in town. The only difference: His prices won’t shipwreck your budget. Among our faves, the UPS roll is a delicious nod to the Atlantabased Big Brown fleet, and the black cod and okra tempura are packages you’ll be happy to see arrive at your table.

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This Mississippi-based chain has popped up in the Atlanta market, and though it looks like a fast-food joint, it tastes like homemade. Salads—from shrimp rémoulade salad to a delicious steak-and-blue-cheese version to oldfashioned chicken sal—are a standout. At this casual, family friendly, crowdpleasing spot you can also get sandwiches, pizzas and mac-and-cheese but, refreshingly, no burgers! We are pretty crazy about the sausageand-pepperoni pie, with its thin crust and warm and gooey toppings. And who can resist a crispy rice treat with chocolate and peanut butter? Not us.

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Recognized as one of the city’s premier social and philanthropic events last year, hundreds of supporters will again gather for the second annual Believe Ball benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer. We will honor award winning, retired 11Alive news anchor, Jill Becker, for her tireless dedication to curing childhood cancer in our lifetime, while raising needed research dollars to improve the survival of children fighting cancer.


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Tew Galleries, an anchor of Buckhead’s art scene since 1987, offers Atlantans works that “have life for the long haul” and aren’t dictated by fashion, says owner Timothy Tew. Pictured here: Two abstracts by Brian Rutenberg; a mixed media horse with automotive parts by David Wertz.

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Few items light up a room as brightly as a well-placed, eye-turning piece of art or an extraordinary antique that exudes the allure of the past. Atlantans love both, which has fueled the area’s arts and antique industry for decades. And while tastes and styles in fashion may change, the city’s choice in both has remained fairly consistent. For years, the art world has labeled Atlanta as a

of panache to a setting. “Atlanta is more of a

“traditional” town where anything cutting-edge

decorative town than a collecting town,” Tew says.

is less likely to find a following. But that’s not

“But even there, they are conservative and not

precisely true, says Timothy Tew, one of the

looking to create leading-edge interiors.”

deans of the local art scene. “I’d say Atlanta is a conservative town, but not

Whatever the perspective or art passion, Buckhead is home to a wealth of galleries and

necessarily a traditional one. Buyers here don’t

shops dedicated to offering an array of choices.

take a lot of risks. They are fashion conscious, but

Gallery owners actively pursue the best works

they tend to follow fashion conservatively.”

of local, national and international artists; shop

Local buyers also tend to view art and antiques as decorative elements, items to add a dash

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THE STEADY STEWARDS Buckhead is home to galleries that have long been mainstays of the city’s art world. Despite bumpy years of economic uncertainty, some are bigger and better than before.

That love has fueled a career that took off in 1987 when Avery came to Atlanta and was part of the former Trinity Gallery. After becoming a partner in 1994, he moved the gallery to Buckhead; he became the sole owner in 2006. Here, he recreated the concept for post-recession reality, going after top regional, national and international artists whose work often sells above $5,000 per piece and building on a collector base of clients. “Some of those artists wouldn’t come here because I was showing decorative work,” he says. “Now, they have a reason to be here. These are artists who create because they have something to say: Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine. I’m bringing to Atlanta what’s only found in London and New York.” Fittingly, Avery also now represents the estate of Thomas Hart Benton; a show of his works last year sold out.

Timothy Tew started a gallery as a way to promote and own the works of artists he loved.

TEW GALLERIES Owner Timothy Tew arrived on the local scene in 1987 after returning from Paris where he had happened upon the work of several artists. “I fell in love with Isabelle Melchior’s work but didn’t have the money to buy it,” he recalls. “So I came back to the U.S. and began working to get these artists in galleries so I could sell one and buy one for myself.” Tew established long-term relationships with a range of artists he nurtures and supports. Though he considers his gallery’s selection to be “independent, we’re not ignorant of fashion. But we look at things that have life for the long haul and walk the line between the old and new.” The most important element of the works on display, be they abstract, figurative or sculpture, Tew says, is “beauty.” All of the 25 artists in his space reflect a heightened sensitivity to beauty. Among those he’s worked with from the beginning are nature painter Mel-


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chior and local figurative artist Charles Keiger. He also represents several emerging artists, including America Martin, Rimi Yang and Jean Glenn. Tew Galleries 425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Suite 24 Atlanta 30305 404.869.0511

ALAN AVERY ART COMPANY Alan Avery can pinpoint the moment he became an art lover: It was the day, as an 11-year-old in Greenville, North Carolina, that he bought his first painting, a Thomas Hart Benton he’d seen in an auction catalogue at a neighbor’s house two years before. “I didn’t even know what an auction was,” he admits. “I worked in tobacco fields [for two summers] to earn the $2,500.” Recognizing determination when he saw it, the neighbor secretly bought the painting, and when Avery showed up with cash in hand, the deal was sealed. 

Alan Avery Art Company 315 East Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.237.0370

LAGERQUIST GALLERY One of the city’s oldest continually owned-and-operated spaces, Lagerquist Gallery launched in 1971 and moved to its Paces Ferry location 30 years ago. Founder Evelyn Lagerquist still works part-time, but the day-today operations are managed by her daughter, Kay Lagerquist Bragg. At any one time, they represent more than 50 emerging and established artists from around the country and Europe, including John Hyche, Henry Barnes and Victor Mirabelli, known for his impressionistic landscapes and houses. “We also supported local artists, but as the world gets smaller and smaller, we often find more from around the United States we want to include,” Bragg says.

Their works on canvas, encaustics or sculpture are displayed throughout the compact bungalow to give viewers a sense of how a piece might look in their own homes. “We definitely don’t have an austere or institutionalized feel; this is a friendly, welcoming space,” Bragg says. Today, many of those viewers are the secret to Lagerquist’s longevity: “We’re now selling art to children of the people who bought art here when we started,” Bragg says. “We’re fortunate enough to have loyal supporters than span from generation to generation.” Lagerquist Gallery 3235 Paces Ferry Place N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.261.8273

MARSDEN ANTIQUES & INTERIORS For the last 25 years, the two-story gallery next to Peachtree Creek was the domain of Jane Marsden, whose career in the art world spanned more than 40 years before her death last year. Marsden became a doyenne of the decorative arts scene, filling every inch of the show floor and walls with an array of antiques and artworks that demand a few leisurely hours to take in. From the ceilings glittering with crystal chandeliers to the imported rugs on the floor, the 7,000-square-foot space is still a trove, now overseen by Marsden’s daughter, Janie Marsden-Willis. Between a Louis XV walnut corner chair and a colorful Japanese Imari charger, visitors can discover a wealth of Chinese, Japanese, English and French porcelains. Along with featuring arts and antiques from Europe and South America, the store offers interior design services. Marsden Antiques & Interiors 2300 Peachtree Road, Suite A102 Atlanta 30309 404.355.1288

Above: Painter and gallery owner Alan Avery brings an artist’s eye to the contemporary works he represents from international talent.

Above: Chinese, Japanese, English and French porcelain, and plenty of it, is a mainstay of the Marsden collection. Below: Jane Marsden-Willis carries on the work her late mother, who created a two-level display space of antiques and collectibles 25 years ago.

Above: Kay Lagerquist Bragg oversees the gallery her mother established in 1971. Its present Paces Ferry Place location has been a destination for 30 years. Below: More than 50 emerging and established artists from the United States and Europe are on display at the Lagerquist Gallery.

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THE DEDICATED DOCENTS By filling a niche in the market, these galleries are now

Ann Huff (left) and Meg Harrington turned their passion for French art into a gallery which they expanded into an antiques shop full of “crunchy and crusty things that ooze personality.”

destinations for Buckhead art lovers.

couldn’t help gushing,” she says. The partners also sponsor painting and antiquing trips to France throughout the year that focus on offbeat locations, such as Paris’ Les Puces flea market; the city’s Jewish quarter, the Marais; and littleknown shops around the country. Huff Harrington Fine Art 4240 Rickenbacker Drive Atlanta 30342 404.257.0511 Huff Harrington Home 102 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.467.0311


HUFF HARRINGTON Best gal-pals Ann Huff and Meg Harrington share a passion for art, fun and France that permeates their two spaces, an art gallery in a renovated ranch off Roswell Road and an elegant showroom on West Paces Ferry packed with their favorite things. They teamed up eight years ago on the gallery after establishing a loyal following for the French artists whose work they were selling out of their homes. That gave them room to add sculpture and local artists, such as Nancy Franke and Lorraine Christie, to the French specialties displayed in vignettes throughout the


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gallery. “The one constant is that our artists are all really good, whether they’re hard-core abstractionists or representational,” Harrington says. “They’re all at the top of their game.” Three years ago, they opened Huff Harrington Home to offer “all things crusty and crunchy,” how the two refer to the ceramics, metal and wood works, hand-crafted jewelry and antiques brought back from regular scavenger trips to France. Among the latest finds are a 19th century barometer and a Louis XVI buffet that Harrington admits made her lose her poker face. “It was just so fantastic, I

Jane Jackson had established herself as a curator with a sharp eye for fine photographs and had been running her own gallery for eight years when Anna Walker Skillman took over as director. When one of their biggest clients, Elton John, wooed Jackson away to be his personal curator, Skillman purchased the company in 2003. Under her guidance, the gallery in a little whitewashed house has continued to build on the solid foundation Jackson established of offering a blend of classic and contemporary photographic works from the 1940s forward. Skillman has managed to do so in spite of working in an arena significantly impacted by technology. “The Internet has given us an outreach beyond Atlanta that’s significant,” she says. “Technology has also changed the medium with everything going digital, and adjusting to a new way of seeing things has been really exciting. Understanding technology and collecting has helped us grow.” At the same time,

One of the fun finds at Huff Harrington home is this antique clock from France.

the genre has gained more attention because of its accessibility. “Photography has become a contemporary art form and a collectible, but the biggest challenge is finding the works that are really important, that have a strength of image and quality of print that make them really good.” Among the important artists in the space are Bruce Davidson, Matthew Pillsbury and Helen Levitt, a street photographer whom Skillman credits for “opening my eyes to photography.” Jackson Fine Art 3115 E. Shadowlawn Avenue Atlanta 30305 404.233.3739

PRYOR FINE ART Gallery owner Susie Pryor not only manages this Miami Circle space, she is an accomplished painter whose works featuring people and landscapes also hang in it. She’s been part of the Buckhead art scene for 25 years with a location first on Bennett Street and for the last four years on Miami Circle. Being a working artist herself has helped Pryor establish close relationships with the more than 60 artists whose work she represents, including locals such as Dusty Griffith, whose pieces feature a three-dimensional component, and mixed-media photographer John Folsom. “We find that artists love being in good company, which is why many of them love this gallery and pass that along to others they know,” says gallery director Tiffany

Above: Pryor Fine Art moved to Miami Circle four years ago to a larger space with room to feature more emerging artists along with the 60 international artists the gallery represents.

Combining technology and collecting has given Jackson Fine Art gallery owner Anna Walker Skillman a unique position in the photography market.

Hayes. The work on display is largely abstract, but also includes figurative and representational painting styles as well as sculpture. Pryor Fine Art 764 Miami Circle, Suite 132 Atlanta 30324 404.352.8775

SIGNATURE The name has morphed over the years, boiled down now to just one word. But the web address reflects a long history of bringing artistic finds to the Buckhead community. The first Signature opened in 1962 by the late designer Blanche Reeves, and though still in the same strip shopping center, glassware and gifts have given way to a sharper focus on contemporary American crafts. The transformation is the work of owner

Carr McCuiston, who started working in the gallery 17 years ago as a high school student. “I worked there over the holidays and the summers through college because I really wanted to be there, surrounded by such creativity,” she says. “I loved meeting the artists and seeing their handmade pottery and jewelry.” The focus now is on ceramics, wood, jewelry—what McCuiston calls “dimensional objects that are utilitarian or sculptural.” Ceramic works by local artists Barry Greg and Kirsten Single are popular, along with wood creations by Philip Moulthrop. “We have people who come from all over the metro area just for his pieces,” McCuiston says.

Above: Carr McCuiston, who worked at Signature as a teenager, transformed the former gift and collectibles shop into a showplace for ceramics, wood and jewelry. Below: Though Buckhead buyers remember this shop from the 1960s, Signature is now dedicated exclusively to contemporary American crafts.

Signature 3267 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.237.4426

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Evelyn Breit, president of the Atlanta Artists Center, welcomes artists who want to showcase their work as well as students who want to learn.

Fueled by a drive to open the art world to all, these nonprofit spaces are noted for giving many emerging artists their starts.

ATLANTA ARTISTS CENTER Shady Grandview Avenue is home to this artists’ organization that began in 1954. In the 1960s, members pooled their resources to buy the beige bungalow where they host monthly juried shows. Over the years, the space has been renovated to enhance the vaulted ceilings and natural light that support the artwork. A few years ago, a working studio was added on so members have a place to work and the public can take classes. But the main objective of the nonprofit is to provide a place to showcase members’ works that include almost every medium. “A lot of people join just so they can have their art shown here,” says President Evelyn Breit, a Sandy Springs figurative artist who


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works in pastel, oil and graphite. “Once a year, we have a show open to anyone, and that brings in new artists who often decide they want to become members.” The group also offers financial assistance to artists and sponsors community outreach programs such as lectures and workshops. And they give an annual scholarship to a promising Georgia State University art student who gets a solo show as part of the award. “We’ve been an incubator for talent and a way for artists to build resumes and network,” Breit says. “Yet we’re still a little hidden gem nestled in the heart of Buckhead.” Atlanta Artists Center 2979 Grandview Avenue Atlanta 30305 404.237.2324

ARTISTS ATELIER GALLERY & STUDIOS A group of artists who had been sharing space and offering mutual support in the 1980s formalized their connection in 1991 by forming this cooperative in a space on Collier Road. In 1998, they moved to Miami Circle where they installed a gallery area to showcase their photos, paintings and sculptures. Today, the 15 member artists who hail from around the metro area open their spaces to the public each month during the third Saturday Art Stroll along the street. Toby Rosing, a painter who acts as the group’s treasurer, says the group recently began hosting shows by artists who are not members as a way to invite more people into the space. Some of those shows have raised

money for worthy causes; one exhibit earlier this year featured photos by a physician at Emory Hospital who donated the sales proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. “We don’t charge these artists to come in because it helps us spread the word about the work we’re doing,” Rosing says. Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios 800 Miami Circle, Suite 200 Atlanta 30324 404.231.5999

CITY GALLERY CHASTAIN The city’s Office of Cultural Affairs launched this gallery in 1978 as another way to put visual arts on the public’s radar. That remains its focus, says Director Karen Comer Lowe. “Our sole mission is not to sell art but to build an experience for artists and patrons. We put together exhibitions by regional and national artists for the education of the public.” Because the gallery is part of the larger

Above: The Atelier Gallery recently added a dedicated space to showcase members works in a variety of media. Left: Damaged, an oil on canvas by Meg Aubrey, was part of City Gallery Chastain’s show on self portraits last summer.

Chastain Arts Center, it often features the work of instructors and students studying painting, printmaking, jewelry making, pottery and more. “We also look for artists in the community who are showing professionally,” Lowe says. “We just closed a solo exhibition by Michael Murrell, a local sculptor who has worked in the community for more than 30 years. Last summer, we staged Selfie, the Art of the Self-Portrait that looked at the selfie through the perspective of Atlanta artists.” While some of the exhibited works do sell, Lowe stresses that education is the prime directive. “I’m very passionate about art,” she says, “and really serious about bringing the art world to this gallery where more people can see it.” City Gallery Chastain 135 West Wieuca Road N.W. Atlanta 30342 404.252.2927

THE SWAN COACH HOUSE GALLERY This year marks five decades dedicated to enhancing the Atlanta arts scene. Established in 1965, the Forward Arts Foundation traces its roots to the same culture-minded organization that laid the groundwork for the High Museum. After that Midtown facility was built, Foundation members

opted to rent space on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center for their gallery, gift shop and restaurant. “Their love of art came from a philanthropist’s perspective,” says gallery manager Karen Tauches. “They wanted to give back to the arts, so when they built this gallery in 1985, they began bringing in shows from Boston, London and Paris.” Eventually the focus expanded to include the city’s growing art community. “Now we’re extremely inclusive and have become a center for traditional and contemporary emerging artists,” Tauches says. “We show everything from traditional landscapes to the very cutting-edge contemporary.” The gallery hosts seven shows each year and features artists’ works year-round in the gift shop. The nonprofit also gives annual awards to emerging artists. This year’s winner, Amandine Drouet of Ormewood Park, will have a solo show, Plastique, running through May 27. “Her work is all made of recycled plastic,” Tauches says. “That’s an example of how varied everything is here. We have folk art, textiles and artwork from people all over. Sometimes it feels like a trading post, which Buckhead was in the earliest times. We still service a lot of different tastes.” Adjacent to the gallery, the Coach House gift shop is stocked with many one-of-a-kind items, from painted dishware and handmade jewelry from local artisans to fine linens and home accents.

Above: The Swan Coach House Gallery, adjacent to the Atlanta History Center, focuses on works of traditional and contemporary emerging artists. Below: Along with works of instructors and students, City Gallery Chastain hosts exhibits by outside artists, such as this show of works by Michael Murrell.

The Swan Coach House Gallery 3130 Slaton Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.266.2636

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IN RESIDENCE Emerging talents bring beauty to Buckhead walls and galleries STORY:

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hey are driven to create because of the art gene woven into their DNA. It pushes them to work without sleep, without food and sometimes, without steady paychecks. After all, they are professional artists. Their work is in galleries, homes, shows and murals in Buckhead and beyond. They sketch and paint, pushing for perfection until their hands ache. Their talent adds to the ambiance of our fast-paced city. Their pieces trigger memories, create buzz and occasional eye rolls. But they get people talking about art.

Landscape Lover Shares Vacation Memories Landscape painter Doug Foltz captures a sense of place on canvas, unleashing memories of childhood adventures and family vacations that connect his work with his audience. His careful strokes and subdued tones give his work a sense of calm and beauty much like the scenic rivers, beachfronts and woodlands he portrays. His work is carried by Buckhead’s Huff Harrington Fine Art and in galleries in Boston and Florida. “I am inspired by nature,” Foltz says. “Nature shows me things I don’t get

to see elsewhere. It makes me feel things I wouldn’t feel anywhere else.” His acclaimed series Coming Home, which has served as the basis of his work for several years, depicts skies filled with voluminous clouds and low landscapes that seem to extend for miles. A collector in Oslo, Norway, commissioned one of the pieces in the series. In addition to landscapes, Foltz also paints images of birds and other wildlife. He has been selling art for 15 years, and also works in photography. Foltz is not motivated by money to paint. He has bachelor’s degrees in ar-

Corey Barksdale bleeds emotion onto canvas, turning his intense feelings about music, politics, history and love into mesmerizing works of art. His musings in acrylic and in aerosol reflect the American experience and his journey as a black man. A professional artist for 15 years, Barksdale’s acclaimed work adorns Buckhead and Midtown businesses, and hangs in metro Atlanta art galleries and in private home collections. Large-scale murals are his specialty. One of his jazz-inspired pieces was on display at the High Museum during the WonderRoot Art Performance. His mural Atlanta Reflections, part


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When I learned that I had artistic talent: “I always loved to draw. I had a father who painted as a hobby.”

When I learned that I had artistic talent: “My art teacher would give us homework and every time I would come in with my homework he thought that someone else did it—like my older brother or my mother. Finally, he realized I could paint when I demonstrated it for an assignment in class.”

How creating art makes me feel: “Fortunate and sometimes tired, anxious, proud and really pissed off when I think I have gone two strokes too far.” See my work:

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of Atlanta’s BeltLine, can be spotted on a 30-foot wall inside the Hurt Building downtown. A mural inspired by the love story in Gone with the Wind is inside Buckhead Atlanta’s L’Occitane en Provence on Buckhead Avenue. Another Barksdale mural provides a backdrop to the cityscape of Decatur, stopping passers-by on Ponce de Leon. “A lot of the time I am drawing something from actual experience, but I put my own twist on whatever it is,” Barksdale says. “I like to use my imagination and see where it takes me.” Barksdale runs and teaches classes at Decatur art school Creative Art Connections. A recent Barksdale exhibition of what he calls “larger than life” portraits of black American heroes was on display in the Marietta Art Museum. Among them was an eclectic portrait of Harriet Tubman. “I wanted to pay tribute to her because she was a key figure in African-American history,” he says.


If I couldn’t paint anymore, I’d work in: Visual communications, architectural consulting and in the nonprofit sector supporting arts.


chitecture and environmental design from Auburn University. He works as a design and visual communications consultant. Painting, says Foltz, is one of his other “full-time” jobs. “Painting is something that I have to do,” he says.

If I couldn’t paint anymore, I’d work in: Advertising. How creating art makes me feel: “Painting gives me a sense of euphoria.” See my work:

Above: The work of mixed media artist Jessica Caldas tackles tough issues such as domestic violence, sexism and racism. Left: Doug Foltz’s landscapes are drawn from memories of childhood and family vacations. Right: Corey Barksdale specializes in large-scale murals and works in both acrylics and aerosol.

Mixed Media Maven Tackles Tough Issues Jessica Caldas is a storyteller with a paintbrush, a sewing machine and a vivid imagination. Her interactive art with an edge addresses uncomfortable topics and invites strangers to experience intimate moments in her life and that of her subjects. “A lot of my work deals with issues through people’s stories,” says Caldas, a finalist for the Buckhead-based Forward Arts Foundation’s 2014 Emerging Artist Award. “I want people to have hard conversations about domestic violence, sexism, racism, classism— issues that people don’t necessarily want to talk about.” Caldas’ latest work Lore celebrates the bond she has with her family. She reupholstered Lay-Z-Boy recliners with printed images and family photos and equipped them with speakers and sound for the installation that was featured as part of the Atlanta Film Festival’s Sound

and Vision exhibit at Goat Farm Arts Center. People can put on headphones and listen to stories told by Caldas’ aunt, grandmother and father about growing up in Puerto Rico and moving to the States. “I’m a print maker and I’m also an installation artist—that means I can paint, sculpt or draw,” she says. “I look for the perfect medium to best narrate an experience. I don’t always have the money to do what I want but I do have the freedom to do almost anything I want. What ideally I want to do is to create art. It is a very good job.’’ Caldas has featured her art at Buckhead’s Swan Coach House and at Atlanta’s Beep Beep Gallery, among other venues. She was among 11 artists selected for the prestigious 2014 Walthall Fellowship, which provides resources, networking and a gallery exhibit for emerging artists. Caldas has also held residencies at Atlanta Printmakers Studio and Mint Gallery. n


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JESSICA CALDAS Age: 28 When I learned that I had artistic talent: “I was one of those kids who drew all the time. For ‘Show and Tell’ students would bring in pets that they had. I drew this really good picture of the pet that I wished I had. It was a Dalmatian, and everyone loved it. Later, my Grady High School art teacher John Brandhorst became a mentor for me.” If I couldn’t paint anymore, I’d work in: Advocacy for victims of domestic violence. How creating art makes me feel: “I keep feeling that I can’t get any happier.”

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At the 2100 block of Peachtree Road is Bennett Street, a district that has transformed from a historic country road to a 1970s club scene to its current walk of antique shops, art galleries and design studios. A piece of the past remains on Bennett, where you’ll find a heavy focus on American and English antiques and décor. Find more than 40 antique dealers in one spot at Interiors Market. Multiple stalls are bursting with armoires, coffee tables and wall adornments. The Britishowned Beaman Antiques specializes in imported items from Great Britain—1700s-style grandfather clocks are hidden treasures in an array of walnut dressers and mirrors. Make it a point to also visit the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), a 50,000-square-foot building that mixes artistic works from local artists, ranging from jewelers and sculptors to fashion designers.

You’ll find both antique and interior design shops at Miami Circle, located just north of Sidney Marcus Boulevard. Specialized antiques are showcased at these warehouses—rare, leatherbound books at Antonio Raimo Galleries, heavily patterned oriental rugs at Azra Oriental Rugs and old-world customizable sink bases at J. Tribble, a shop that has been on Miami Circle for 15 years, and also includes a selection of Art Deco pieces. Acquisitions blends old- and newworld pieces—from imported 1800s French and English furnishings to lighting and mirrors— and offers in-house design service. The ACQ Collection features Acquisitions’ reproduction line imported from Italy. As you hop between contemporary art galleries such as Bill Lowe Gallery and arts and antiques showrooms like Nicholson Gallery, be sure to visit Anne Irwin Fine Art. Founded in 1985, the gallery, showcasing more than 40 emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, has been on Miami Circle for the past three years.

The Galleries of Peachtree Hills connects five buildings on Peachtree Hills Avenue, allowing for manageable chunks of antique and art browsing. Ferrari Fine Art displays paintings, sculptures and photography from Southern artists and donates a portion of each work sold to select beneficiary organizations, such as Cure CP, a nonprofit dedicated to funding Cerebral Palsy research. Walk the floor of Ravan Interiors to discover a wide range of furniture, lighting and drapery. Edgar-Reeves’ showroom shimmers with creatively adapted European and American antique lighting. If you’re searching for unexpected antiques, take a leaf from designers and visit Parc Monceau. Beyond the expansive collection of classic furniture, owner Barry Hutner often stocks hard-to-find sconces, porcelain vases and hammered silver platters.

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ohn Knowlton is a high-powered hospital fundraising consultant and retired lawyer who travels the Southeast, but his real passion lies outside the staid beige walls and ergonomic rolling chairs of a corporate boardroom. For 30 years, Knowlton, a dealer at Buckhead’s Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors, has developed an impeccable eye for historic pieces. He can separate the trash from the treasures at estate sales and antique marts. “I love antiques,” Knowlton says. “Working with antiques has always been a part-time business, but it has become a real important part of my life. I grew up hearing stories about a secretary bookcase made in the 1820s that belonged to my Uncle Joe who fought in the Civil War. It was his pride and joy. It’s a piece that I inherited.“ At Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors, Knowlton finds elegant signature pieces for collectors who want to finish rooms in their homes or offices with the delicately carved craftsmanship of a solid wood table or desk. Here, he gives Simply Buckhead advice on the art of shopping for fine antiques:

How old does a piece have to be to be considered an antique? A true antique is 100 years old or older, and it is built to last. It is made of solid wood. You should try to verify the age of a piece before you buy it, and whether it is French, English or American. Look for cracks and repairs. Vintage items 50 years old or older are the newest trend in antiques. Furniture you may have put out on the street for the trash people to pick up can now be sold as


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vintage. People are looking for the funky collectibles from the 1950s. They are buying Formica dinner tables to mix and match with their traditional décor. How do you determine what piece is right for your home? Everyone is attracted to a different look. I tell people if you like a country primitive look, go with that. If you like the mahogany, more traditional furniture, go with that. If it is something that you have seen in a magazine or in someone else’s home that reminds you of what you saw in your grandmother’s house when you grew up, go with that. The signature of good taste is when you have an eclectic mix of things that kind of halfway blend and make a very attractive room. I don’t like all of this mix and match Rooms To Go stuff. What are the best places to shop for antiques and how much should you spend? At an estate sale, you can get a great bargain, but you are pretty much on your own. The less you know about antiques, the more you need to buy from a reputable dealer. Many times, a reputable shop like Peachtree Battle Antiques will let you take an item

home on approval to see how it works in a room. Sometimes, when you go to other places for antiques, you buy something in a hurry and miss that the drawer doesn’t work and the back leg is scarred. Always have your room measurements. If you’re shopping at a flea market or furniture store, the furniture looks small because it is in a big space. Price depends on what you are looking for—a table, a desk, a chair, a bookshelf. Sometimes, you can find a piece for $500. Other times, it’s $5,000. It depends on your taste. If you restore an antique, does it lose its value? That is the general rule for museum quality antiques. Most of us are not going to buy something museum quality. Nobody wants to have a chair that no one can sit on. Get it restored. n

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Art exhibitions around town Eight by Two: Paintings by Curt Butler and Christina Foard April 24-June 6 Thomas Deans Fine Art 690 Miami Circle N.E., Suite 905 Atlanta 30324 404.814.1811

“Painting has been a pathway to open and react to Curt Butler’s Beach Cherub oil memories. I build imaginary spaces and scenes to create and encaustic on canvas sensations,” says Christina Foard, on her current body of work that will be displayed at the Eight by Two exhibition. While both artists touch on the essence of memory—Curt Butler focuses on childhood—their styles contrast. Foard’s paintings involve physically abstract techniques, such as spraying, sanding and scraping paint, whereas Butler’s work involves oils and wax. A painting by Foard features thick lines and blobs that meld into a visual masterpiece. A painting of Butler’s looks like the textured, tattered portrait of a child playing in the sand. The opening reception for the exhibit is Friday, April 24 from  6 to 8 p.m., where light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. The exhibit is available to view free of charge. Gallery hours for Thomas Dean Fine Art are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pascal Bouterin Exhibit May 8-23 Huff Harrington Fine Art 4240 Rickenbacker Drive N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.257.0511

Huff Harrington Fine Art presents a solo show, Voyages, featuring French painter and jazz musician Pascal Bouterin. His lyrical oil and watercolor paintings touch on abstract concepts that are inspired by his travels; think narrow urban alleys and vast expanses of hillside landscapes. Traditionally, Bouterin exhibits in France, but he frequently makes American appearances here in Atlanta at Huff Harrington Fine Art. At the opening on May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., Bouterin will perform with his jazz band, Akpé Motion. Wine and light bites will be served. The exhibit is free to attend—gallery hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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MARLON WAYANS May 7-9 Atlanta Improv 56 E. Andrews Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 678.244.3612 Funny guy Marlon Wayans has hit the stand-up circuit and stops at Atlanta Improv for a special event. Wayans is known for roles in comedies such as White Chicks, A Haunted House and The Heat, where his parody humor pokes fun at snobby sisters, scary movies and cops. In his stand-up, Wayans delivers energetic punches into nostalgic stories, like growing up as the youngest of 10 kids. Show times are Thursday at 7:45 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Thursday’s show price is $25, and ages 16 and up may attend. Friday and Saturday, tickets are $30 for those 21 and up. Tickets can be purchased at

ROCKIN’ AT THE RIVER GALA May 9 Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road Roswell 30075 770.992.2055, Ext. 226 Dine, dance and celebrate Georgia’s oldest and largest private environmental education organization: the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The annual Rockin’ at the River Gala takes place at the Center, with a 127-acre backdrop beside the Chattahoochee River. This


year’s theme is “Light the Night.” Community and supporters will gather to enjoy a gourmet dinner, a silent auction and dance that benefit the LEED-certified nature center, now in its 39th year in Atlanta. After dinner, the party continues at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion with live music from the Stephen Lee Band. The silent auction is available to bid on throughout the evening, with gifts for vacation homes, sporting events, travel to foreign destinations, wine and beautiful art and jewelry. The Patron and VIP Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the gala begins at 7:30 p.m. Individual Patron Tickets are $250, general tickets are $125 per person, and corporate sponsorships are also available.

RACE FOR THE CURE May 9 Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.814.0052 May 9 marks the 25th anniversary of Komen Atlanta’s first Race for the Cure and this year they are aiming for their biggest year yet. The goal is to bring together 10,000 people to race. A fundraising goal of more than $1.2 million will go toward Susan G. Komen’s mission to fund Atlanta’s local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. Currently, Komen Atlanta reaches 13 counties in and around the metro area. This year’s Race for the Cure includes a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile walk. All participants will enjoy a post-

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race festival that includes an inspiring survivor ceremony to honor those who were affected by breast cancer. Survivors will have a special area devoted to them, and they will also get a pre-race breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Individual registration is $35 in advance or $40 on race day for both the 5K run/walk and the 1-mile walk. Or, gather a group of women and race as a team. The 1-mile walk starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run/ walk at 8 a.m.

GARDENS FOR CONNOISSEURS TOUR May 9-10 404.876.5859 This Mother’s Day weekend, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s 31st annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour leads visitors through 12 private gardens in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and other metro Atlanta neighborhoods. As you tour each garden, you’ll see inspiring greenthumb designs ranging from acres of tranquil woodlands to trellised urban oases. For aspiring botanists, the variety of flower and plant species ranges from conifers to annuals and perennials. A full list of participating gardens is available on the website events-classes/events/gardensconnoisseurs-tour. The self-guided tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are valid both days and prices are $25 in advance,

$20 for Garden members, and $30 on the day of the tour.

TRUE BLUE DO May 14 The Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta 30305 404.843.2825 Celebrate an evening of live music, cocktails and culinary delights while supporting the Center for the Visually Impaired. This is the only nonprofit in Georgia that provides rehabilitation services to people of all ages who are affected by vision loss, empowering them to live with independence. Appetizers and nibbles are provided by Affairs to Remember catering. In honor of the visually impaired, the entertainment for the evening is The Macular Degenerates, a cover band of ophthalmologists, along with guest performances by some of their patients. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and available online. All proceeds benefit the Center for the Visually Impaired.

ROSÉS & SUMMER WHITES WINE TASTING May 17 Portofino Bistro 3199 Paces Ferry Place N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.231.1136 Warm weather is finally here, and that means it’s rosé season! Portofino, a quaint houseturned-restaurant in Buckhead,

continues their Sunday wine tasting series with rosés and summer whites. Enjoy a tasting of 12 wines selected by Portofino’s resident wine expert Michael Gallant. The wines will be presented in four flights along with pairings of appetizers by Executive Chef Matt Marcus. The tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the price is $35 per person.

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS 5K May 23 Chastain Park 110 W. Wieuca Road Atlanta 30342 478.986.4908 In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, join the Charity Benevolent Fund for their third annual “Salute to Our Troops 5K” that pays homage to active duty, retired and reserve military. This race goes through Chastain Park on a hilly, scenic route that circles the golf course and surrounding neighborhoods. Pets on leashes, strollers and walkers are welcome to race. Race-day registration and check-in begin at 7 a.m. and the 5K run begins at 8 a.m. Race fees vary from $10 for military, $20 for the fun run “open” category, $25 for the age group awards qualifying race and $30 for day-of registration. A post-race awards ceremony features door prizes and gifts from businesses, such as Road Runner Sports and Malibu Grand Prix in Norcross. All proceeds provide financial assistance for troops and their families.

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ore than 250 attendees gathered for the Angels on Earth Luncheon at Cherokee Town Club to benefit the Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness program at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. The annual event, which raised more than $50,000, provides education on the benefits of an integrated approach to cancer treatment and recovery. This year’s event focused on “The Power to Heal” and featured Steven Satterfield, executive chef and co-owner of Miller Union; Dr. Eric Mininberg, president and CEO of the Piedmont Cancer Institute; and Dennis Buttimer of the Atlanta Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being, on a panel to discuss ways to use food, mindfulness and medical advances to better live a healthy lifestyle. The event’s featured artist was astrophotographer Paul Tankersley, who captures images of the sky. Founded by John and Jillian Cooke in 2006, the Cancer Wellness Center works to support a mission of healing and wellness through professionally led programs available to anyone in our community who is affected by cancer.

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